Join ICORE for a trail workday at Lipp Lake, located in the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area.
Lipp Lake is featured as Site #14 on the Turtle-Flambeau Scenic Waters Area Auto Tour because of its natural stand of eastern white pine. Historically, white pine was one of the most significant trees found in Wisconsin. The tallest trees that you see at this stop reach over 125 feet in height and started growing in the 1850s. White pines are important to wildlife, too: red squirrels, crossbills and grosbeaks eat their pine cones; bats live in bark crevices; pileated woodpeckers prefer large old pine to drill nest cavities; wildlife uses white pine for shelter and denning sites; and the majority of bald eagle nests are found in white pines along waterways. This stand is now designated a State Natural Area and no future harvest is planned.
The short trail here makes a 1/4 mile circle around Lipp Lake with views of the Turtle-Flambeau Flowage. It has been neglected for quite some time and has many falled trees blocking the trail. We hope that volunteers can come together to make it possible for hikers to enjoy the sights along this trail again.
With permission from the DNR, ICORE plans to host a trail work day on Saturday, October 21st beginning at 10:00am. We continue until the work is done or until we're too tired to do more - but of course, many hands make light work!
Items to bring for the work day include:
Clothing: layered work clothing (it could start out cool and get warm), work gloves, sturdy shoes or boots, and/or rain gear
Beverages/snacks: bring water or a healthy beverage, and a snack
Tools: rakes, hand saws, hand clippers, wheelbarrows, and chainsaws. (We do have permission to use power tools, but please be aware that if you choose to use your own tools you accept all risk. The DNR and ICORE do not take any responsibility or liability for their use.)
Vehicles: Trucks and/or trailers may be helpful to haul brush away, though some can be simply pulled off the trail
Lunch: Pack a lunch if you think you'll be able to continue to work past lunch time
Lipp Lake is located in Mercer on Popko Circle West. Take County Highway FF about 6 miles from highway 51, turn south on Popko Circle West, and go about 3/4 mile to the "Auto Tour #14" sign.
Bring a friend and join us in our first group trail project! Questions? Contact ICORE board member Diane O'Krongly