Bur Oak Land Trust currently maintains and preserves nine local natural areas for the enjoyment and education of the public. These areas are managed in part by the Trust’s Property Stewardship Specialist, volunteer property stewards, volunteers, and community organizations. Volunteers play a crucial role in maintaining and preserving our properties.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks on Trust properties including: prairie burns, invasive species removal, trash clean up, trail maintenance, planting native species, and harvesting prairie seed, to name a few. We have various workdays throughout the year to provide everyone the opportunity to volunteer on a Trust property. Bur Oak Land Trust also needs help in the office with mailing, publications, community relations, and events. If you wish to volunteer, we can find something for you, no matter what your experience.
If you are part of a group or organization and would like to schedule a volunteer day that would work better for you, feel free to contact us.
For workdays on the properties, contact Seth Somerville at seth@BurOakLandTrust.org or call 319-400-5511.
General Volunteer Invasive Removal Workdays: check back often for new postings!
April 9 1pm-4pm at Pappy Dickens: SIGN UP HERE
April 19 12noon-3pm at Pappy Dickens: SIGN UP HERE
April 23 10am-12noon at Pappy Dickens: SIGN UP HERE
April 30 1pm-4pm at O’Mara-Newport: SIGN UP HERE
May 24 9:30am-12noon at Shimek Ravine: SIGN UP HERE
Property Stewards Workdays: check back for new postings!
April 29 9am-4pm at O’Mara-Newport: SIGN UP HERE
Burn Crew: check back for new postings!
Interested in helping with property burns? Fill out this form: Burn Crew Info Form
AmeriCorps and CCI Team Workdays: check back for new postings!
October 20 9am-5pm at O’Mara-Newport: SIGN UP HERE
Winter is a great time to get out and trim the Honey Suckle and Autumn Olive that crowds out the native species. The ticks, mosquitoes, gnats, humidity, and heat are no longer a factor, just dress warm. I have found a great way to deal with these large woody shrubs. If you go straight for the stump, it is hard to deal with the shrub once it is cut. Take some extra time to use hand sheers or loppers to trim the woody plant from the tips down to the trunk. Cut them into small pieces so they will make contact with the soil and decay faster. After about 10 minutes of trimming you will have the large bush trimmed down to single trunk. Now you can take the chainsaw or the handsaw to the trunk. Cut it as low as you can. Now for the most important step: use chemical to make sure the plant does not re-sprout. Contact your local chemical dealer and tell them what plant you are going after and when you want to treat it. Winter treatment does work and when applied properly the chemical attacks the roots of the target plant and does not affect the surrounding plants. And if you need any advice, I’ll be glad to help or direct you to the right person to answer your questions!