Volunteers help restore Pheasant Branch Conservancy

MIDDLETON, Wis. (WMTV) -- Volunteers gathered at the Pheasant Branch Conservancy in Middleton on Saturday for a Restoration Work Day.

The event was organized by The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy as part of their restoration efforts.

More than 20 volunteers spent the morning collecting large piles of logs and brush. Building the piles makes fire management safer in fall and winter.

"We're mainly picking up brush and piling it so that we can burn it in the wintertime, and we anticipate some fire management this fall and so we don't want a lot of brush out in the fire area because it sometimes can smolder, so we want a nice clean burn," said Paul Slota, a member of The Friends of Pheasant Branch.

Volunteers also help restoration efforts by cutting brush and helping remove invasive species. This helps maintain the natural habitats in the conservancy.

"Pheasant Branch is of great value to our community here, and The Friends of Pheasant Branch was started almost 25 years ago in order to maintain this area into its somewhat native habitats. So we have a stream corridor, we have a marsh, we have savanna where we’re working today, we have large swathes of prairie, and so we’re trying to maintain those in somewhat pre-settlement condition and that involves a lot of restoration work," Slota said.

The Friends of Pheasant Branch will have more restoration days in May, September and October. They will take place on the first and third Saturdays of the month. For more information, click here.