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April News and Updates

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Iowa County CLEA-N, a project of DALC, and Legacy Solar Co-op are pleased to announce an easy, affordable way to save on energy costs and support a healthy environment: the Iowa County Solar Group Buy! If you're an Iowa County resident, nonprofit, or small business, NOW is the time to go solar! You can get maximum tax savings in 2022, plus extra support and funding through the group buy. You can also explore installed solar systems at private residences and businesses during our Solar Tour on May 14th. Learn more today!

Wisconsin lawmakers call for halt to CHC construction A growing group of Wisconsin legislators have written letters to the Public Service Commission to ask for a pause in the continuing construction of the CHC transmission line, citing the irreparable damage being done by a project that ultimately may not be completed. DALC appreciates these legislators for supporting their constituents and for their on-going work to protect our unique Driftless Area. You can read their letters and find details on contacting your own legislators here.

May is for the birds! DALC is hosting a series of birding hikes in May at four locations throughout the Driftless. Join us to explore a selection of DALC's properties and projects, and learn about our feathered friends from seasoned birders! Registration is limited, so sign up today. May also marks the beginning of this year's Evenings Afield series. Register now for a free workshop on controlling invasive species, hosted at the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright Visitor Center in Spring Green.

Restoration in Action Join a DALC workday! New volunteers are always welcome. No experience is necessary to make a huge difference to the native habitats of the Driftess. This Saturday, April 30th, from 9-1, is your last chance to get out on the gorgeous Spring Valley Tract in New Glarus until later this summer! We'll be cutting brush along an old fenceline in the wetland to prep for a volunteer team of students from New Glarus High School, who are coming out in May to pull fence posts and remove barbed wire. RSVP by visiting our volunteer page.

Notes From the Field Here we are at the end of April - yet on some days it still feels like February and on others it feels like June! The growing season is definitely upon us, and with that comes warmer weather and more opportunities to connect with the land and each other. We held our first annual Spring Social this month at Folklore Village. Over 40 of you braved the 40+ mph winds to join us. We didn't do much prairie hiking, but we all got to meet some new people and learn more about DALC's plans for 2022! With all this wind comes the spring bird migration. Have you ever wanted to learn a little more about all those birds? The best way to learn, or to just appreciate the marvel of the migration, is to spend a couple hours with an expert birder. We've arranged for four opportunities for you to do just that. Do take advantage if you can - you'll be hooked! Happy spring everyone! Jen Filipiak Executive Director

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