Nature Center Volunteers are making a real difference! A great group of folks showed up on Saturday to volunteer to help the park naturalist clean up the West Bluff Trail at Devil’s Lake State Park. We’re so grateful that they took time out of their busy lives to help take care of a park we all love so much!
After meeting at 10am we all hiked right up the challenging staircase on the West Bluff’s north end. After taking a few moments to get our breath back, we were soon carrying fallen wood out of the forest to fill in areas where visitors had created new “volunteer” trails by walking through the plants and trying to find new vantage points along the cliffs.
It’s certainly understandable why visitors would look for new overlooks, especially during the busy summer when the cliff trails are crowded and way over capacity. On the other hand, if we don’t manage where everyone goes, we’ll soon have nothing left on the cliff faces but dead trees, mud, rock and invasive weeds. No one would like those views! It’s also important to protect areas for cliff side animals & birds to live, find food & shelter as well.
With a fun group of energetic volunteers we were able to close of most of the footpaths on the first half of the trail and look forward to these areas starting to recover in the spring. We’ve still got a long way to go and will be holding more volunteer days as the weather and time permits. To be put on the Nature Center volunteer list, just contact Sue at the nature center.
Contact Sue Johansen, Park Naturalist
(608) 356-8301 Ext. 140
Again, Thanks to everyone who helped!!!!!!!!!!