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January News & Updates

Make Your Voice Heard for Bloomfield Prairie

Iowa County is beginning a new planning process for the future of Bloomfield Prairie. Public listening sessions will be held Wednesday, January 24th, at 6pm, and Tuesday, January 30th at 2pm and 6pm, at the Dodgeville Health and Human Services building, 303 W. Chapel Street. Can't make it in person? Take a short online survey instead.

If you've enjoyed hiking, birding, fishing, picnicking, or simply driving past this lovely prairie restoration, please speak up and let Iowa County know how much our community appreciates Bloomfield Prairie!

Join DALC at the 2024 PBS Garden & Landscape Expo

DALC is headed to the Garden & Landscape Expo! This three-day event celebrates the latest in gardening, landscaping, local foods and ecological sustainability. Make plans to join us at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, February 9-11. We'll have a table with lots of resources and information about conservation in the Driftless. Plus, two of our own will be presenting Friday and Saturday: Conservation Director Stephanie Judge will explain how to transform your yard into a pollinator paradise, and Cindy Becker of Southern Driftless Grasslands will be sharing the Prairie Savanna Project!

Explore more event highlights and buy advance tickets online now at

Don't Miss the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Conference

There's still time to register for the Wisconsin Prescribed Fire Council's annual conference, coming up February 2-3, 2024, at UW-Platteville. Find more details and get your tickets before noon this Friday, January 26th by visiting the event page. Don't miss this exciting opportunity to learn more about prescribed fire and how to implement this vital natural process on your own land!

Volunteer Opportunities

Enjoy the beauty of winter by making a difference at our Ambassador Properties! Join our bi-weekly volunteer workdays:

  • Weekends at Wild Oaks: 1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month. Upcoming dates: 2/3, 2/17

  • Sundays at Sardeson: 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month. Upcoming dates: 2/4, 2/18

  • Wednesdays at the Wetland: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. Upcoming dates: 2/7, 2/21

Find more details and let us know you're coming at our Volunteer page.

Notes From the Field

Whew! We're getting a whole winter's worth of weather this month. These wild swings in temperature and precipitation are alarming symptoms of a changing climate. But luckily, our community is part of one of the most effective solutions to the climate crisis: land conservation! By supporting sustainable agriculture, restoring carbon-capturing native ecosystems, and preventing the development of sensitive landscapes, you help mitigate the effects of extreme weather and make sure the human and natural communities of the Driftless can thrive no matter what the future holds. Whether we're shoveling sidewalks, building snowmen, or huddling in front of the fire, we are always grateful for the difference your support makes for the Driftless!

Emilee Martell

Development Associate

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