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Plug Planting Volunteer Day at Hickory Hollow

Come experience the new Hickory Hollow tract recently added to the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge while helping to restore rare prairie and savanna habitats! Volunteers will plant plugs (seedlings) of a variety of native prairie and savanna species such as wild strawberry, poke milkweed, and big-leaved aster.

TWI acquired the 283-acre Hickory Hollow parcel in 2014, bringing the total size of the Dixon Refuge to more than 3,000 acres. Last fall, we began restoring its soybean fields back to sand prairie and mesic prairie and some of its woodland areas to sand oak savanna. Now’s your chance to get an early peek at the site while helping with the transformation!

Snacks, water, tools, and gloves will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing for fieldwork (e.g., long pants, closed-toe shoes). Children 16 years old or younger must be accompanied by parents or other chaperones.

Meet at 9:00 a.m. at the parking lot by the observation tower. We’ll car-pool from there to the entrance road for the Hickory Hollow site, which is not yet open to the public. Click here for a map and driving directions.

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