We hold supervised digs at prairie, savanna, woodland, and wetland sites slated for development. The rescued plants are transplanted into members' landscapes and a variety of area public sites. There is a separate mailing and telephoning list for those who wish to participate in the digs. See the plant rescue page for details.
Photograph copyright © Steve Maassen.
Several chapter and Board members have developed slide shows and presentations which are available to area groups. Contact Donna VanBuecken, (920) 730-3986.
FVAC Wild Ones:
Please help us in find remaining prairie remnants!
Fox Valley Area Chapter is initiating a project in which we hope to use our memberís extensive knowledge of prairie plants and the local landscapes to help us find old prairie remnants in our FVAC area. This invaluable genetic material is disappearing very rapidly, and we need to move quickly to locate and try to help protect the few bits remaining from destruction or unintended neglect.
If you know of a piece of old prairie, even if it has been disturbed or has been enhanced with additional plantings, please fill out the form Site Reporting Form and send it to Fox Valley Area Chapter, ATTN: 1747 Crown Dr, Oshkosh, WI 54904-6877. If you know of several sites, please feel free to make copies of the form.
If you can make initial contact with the landowner, it would be very helpful. Assure the owner that the information will not be made public (except to be filed with the DNR Bureau of Endangered Resources, who keep a non-public Master File for scientific purposes only).
A trained botanist will visit the site for evaluation of species composition. If the landowner wishes, we may be able to provide help with management via trained Prairie Enthusiasts volunteers. The FVAC of the Wild Ones is very fortunate to have three well qualified trained botanists who have volunteered to do our site evaluations: Randal Maurer, Katherine Rill, and Tom Eddy.
The following "Wildwear" is available from Donna VanBuecken (see above):
Harmony with Nature Totebags, teal blue with purple, zippered and waterproof $7.00 (not illustrated).
Bright yellow short-sleeved T-shirts with black screen-print coneflower and "Wild Ones" in the upper left breast pocket area (medium, large, Xlarge, XXlarge) $10.00.
Forest green long-sleeved mock turtleneck shirts with white screen-print coneflower and "Wild Ones" in the upper left breast pocket area (small, medium, large, Xlarge) $15.00.
Bright yellow 3/4-length 100% nylon supplex jacket with an embroidered coneflower logo and "Wild Ones" in the upper left breast pocket area. These feature a water-repellent finish, full-front zipper closure, adjustable waist drawstring with cordlocks, drop-shoulder styling, two exterior side-seam pockets, elasticized sleeve cuffs (small, medium, large, xlarge) $45.00.
The Fox Valley Area Chapter sponsors an email list. Any chapter member may subscribe to the list. If you send an email to the list, a copy will automatically be forwarded to all chapter members who have subscribed. To subscribe to the list, contact Donna VanBuecken (see above).
Our friend, folksinger/songwriter Steve Hazell, has set our Wild Ones ideals and spirit to music. Steve composed three songs especially for us, "This Land's in Harmony with Nature," "For the Wild Ones," and "Let Your Touch be Light on the Land." He has recorded these and other environmentally themed songs on a cassette tape, For the Wild Ones, available for $11 ppd from him at 1318 Washington Ave., Oshkosh, WI 54901.
Here is a sound clip (270 kb).
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Updated: Jun 12, 2005.