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Upcoming Events

April 30 starting at 2 PM: For Lands' Sake! Pepper Harrow Farm tour. Adam, Jennifer, and family have been on the place for 5 years. They are frequent vendors at the Farmer's Market. Below is a bit more information about the site. Dress for the weather and some potential small stream crossings. Bring your own water. This will be an interesting site where native sites are being woven into a small sustainable food-producing enterprise. Our land use philosophy is to live in harmony and balance with the land. Using it but also giving back. The property is 20 acres with about 5 acres slowly restoring to native habitat. Directions to the site: From Summit Avenue head south down South 4th Ave. The road will turn to gravel and PepperHarrow Farm is located down the long drive at the first corner.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- May 3, 5:30 PM: For Lands' Sake! Randy and Cathy Simon Tour with Capstone Project Presentation, "Woodland, Water and Prairie Management Plan." Iowa State University offers a "Capstone" program to graduating seniors to give them practical experience in their chosen field. A group of four Forestry students have been working with Randy & Cathy Simon this spring to assess natural restoration and preservation priorities for their property which straddles Middle River. After three site visits for data collection and client interviews, the students have prepared a presentation of findings and recommendations which they will present to the Simons on the 3rd. Anyone interested in woodland and prairie restoration, as well as stream bank stabilization, is welcome to attend. The students and their professors will be available for questions after the presentation. Directions: Randy & Cathy Simon residence in rural Madison County. Address: 2389 Cottonwood Ave, Winterset, IA From Winterset: Travel west on Highway 92 roughly 10 miles. As you descend into the Middle River valley, look for "Cottonwood Ave", a gravel road on your left. (If you cross Middle River, you've missed the turnoff). Follow Cottonwood Avenue one mile to its conclusion at the Simon residence.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- June 4: Roslea and Bob Johnson, with INHF, tour and celebration. Watch for details.

Next SIOSA board meeting

Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. Place to be announced.

Welcome

Welcome to the website of The Southern Iowa Oak Savanna Alliance (SIOSA). We are a non profit organization involved in the preservation and conservation of Iowa’s oak savanna and prairie ecosystem.

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Current Restoration Work at Slip Bluff County Park

Tree thinning has been done this fall and through the winter at Slip Bluff County Park. Ironwood, Shingle Oak and some hickory trees are being cut to open up the understory. More details will be provided in a story in the next SIOSA newsletter.

Area in the east savanna where Conservation Corps Iowa thinned trees last fall.

Area in the east savanna where Conservation Corps Iowa thinned trees last fall.

 

Trees are being thinned this winter in the east savanna area at Slip Bluff County Park

Trees are being thinned this winter in the east savanna area at Slip Bluff County Park

 

Trees marked to be thinned along the road at west end of park.

Trees marked to be thinned along the road at west end of park.

 

The red-headed woodpecker is a bird species of oak savannas. The woodpecker in the video link below was seen at Slip Bluff County Park just a week ago.

Red-headed Woodpecker
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