Winter Update at Faville Grove

  Sunset on the Laas land, Faville Grove Sanctuary. Photo by Drew Harry

Sunset on the Laas land, Faville Grove Sanctuary. Photo by Drew Harry

It's been a busy time here at Faville Grove, as always. We finished collecting seed in November, with over 300 species collected! On November 25th we burned 110+ acres on Martin and Tillotson prairies; a very successful burn. With the help with lots of volunteers, we mixed the seed into dry-mesic, wet, wet-mesic, and woodland/savanna mixes. The day before planting we conducted a good burn on the woods north of Hwy 89. And on December 2nd we planted 22.75 acres, a huge undertaking with about 50 volunteers, on a gorgeous and sunny day.

David Musolf and Roger Packard (Faville Grove Sanctuary resident managers) brought in the New Year with one brave guest on the morning's hike (-15 degrees), while I was in Miami at Everglades National Park.

I'm thankful to you, all of our volunteers, who helped make 2017 a success.

This winter, we'll be hosting brush cutting work parties every Wednesday through February from 9am-noon. There will also be parties 9-noon on Saturdays: January 13, 20 and February 3, 10.

   A view of the savanna above the pond where extensive cutting has taken place. Photo by Drew Harry

A view of the savanna above the pond where extensive cutting has taken place. Photo by Drew Harry

We'll meet at Buddy's place (N7710 Highway 89, Waterloo) and go from there. You can contact me beforehand to make sure we're going out, but it's not necessary. We've been cutting on the former Laas property, working around a small wooded area rimming the pond. We'll have a burn pile going each day for respite from the cold. It's been great progress, and every day has been rewarding to open up the vistas.

Join us out here!

Written by Drew Harry, Faville Grove Sanctuary land steward