Restoration

  • Prairie

    • Most of the agricultural land has been converted from row crop production to native prairie at the Merrimac Preserve.
    • All former agricultural fields at the Lansing Preserve have been restored to native prairie.
    • The prairie restorations use local genotype to the extent possible.
  • Wetland

    • Wetland restoration activities include removing drain tile, filling or plugging man-made drainage ditches and creating shallow wildlife scrapes.
  • Oak savannas

    • Oak savanna was once the dominant land cover type in this part of Wisconsin and is now one of the most endangered habitats in south central Wisconsin. We are continuously working to restore oak savanna at both the Merrimac and the Lansing Preserves.
  • Woodlands

    • If left unmanaged, woodlands can become over-run with invasive species and shrubby undergrowth. Riverland Conservancy is actively managing the woodlands on the Merrimac and the Lansing Preserves using selective thinning, prescribed fire, and other techniques to maintain more open woodland habitat.
  • Streams

    • Manley Creek on the Merrimac Preserve is a spring-fed creek that flows from Devil’s Lake State Park.  Past restoration of Manley Creek included re-contouring of stream banks and installation of structures on a ½ mile stretch of Manley Creek to create brook trout habitat.  Restoration work continues along the stream banks to control brush and the spread of invasive species.

    Other streams on the Merrimac Preserve include No Name Creek and Parfrey’s Glen Creek.