200 TREES PLANTED! RESTORATION OF WARREN NELSON MEMORIAL CONTINUES
On May 12th, four Friends of Sax-Zim Bog folks planted 175 Black Spruce and 25 Tamaracks on the Warren Nelson Memorial Bog tract. The trees were purchased from the St. Louis County SWCD. This was step 2 in the process of healing the damage from the major blowdown storms of the summer of 2016. Development Director Sarah Beaster, Executive Director Sparky Stensaas, and Head Naturalist Clinton Nienhaus donned rubber boots and grabbed shovels and headed into the bog with fistfulls of bare root stock. The boggy “soil” made planting easy…and there were NO BUGS! We were serenaded by a vociferous Winter Wren, Nashville Warblers and Red-breasted Nuthatches. Step 1 took place last fall as the trees that had blown over in the storms were cut and stacked for later removal. Future plans for the Warren Nelson Memorial Bog include a parking pad (further down the road), a winter feeding station, informational kiosks about Warren, and possibly a bog boardwalk.