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Native Plants For Working Landscapes Tour September 6th

This year”s Soil and Water Conservation Society Fall Tour will feature native plants for working landscapes. The tour will take place in Marquette County Friday, Sept. 6th from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Starting from the Pioneer Inn at the Westfield interchange of Interstate 39, participants will travel by bus to Prairie Nursery to learn about native plant propagation methods and seed production practices. The next stop will be BisonRidge Ranch in Packwaukee, where native grasses have been incorporated into a rotational grazing system for bison and research is being conducted to determine how to manage native grasses for grazing. A bison barbeque lunch will be served.

In the afternoon, the group will tour Duffy”s Marsh near Montello and learn about how native plant communities are being restored in this 1,700 acre wetland restoration. The buses will return to Pioneer Inn by 3:30 p.m.

The cost of the tour is $15 for SWCS members, $20 for non-members. SWCS is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting land stewardship and resource conservation. To register for the tour or to learn more about SWCS, contact Laura Paine at Columbia County Extension office, (608) 742-9682,