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This is in the natural area known as Fairbank Fen which is a couple miles east of Fairbank, Iowa, and south of Hwy 281.
This cache is a small camoflauged container with the normal trade items. There is picnicing, hunting and nature appreciation available at Fairbank Fen so please be safe during hunting season. Please wear the appropriate footwear because this is a wetland area and was soggy when I placed the cache. Notice to the northwest of Fairbank Fen and you will see the new ethanol plant that will be in operation in May of 2006. Please try to hide the cache with weeds the best possible way after locating it. Dan Cohen of the Buchanan County Conservation Board approved the placement of this cache. Read the sign at the picnicing area and you will see why I named it "Quaking" Cache.
WHAT IS A "FEN"
The term "fen" describes a type of peat wetland which depends on a ground water source in addition to rainfall. In these more chemically neutral environments, greater plant decomposition occurs leading to less fibrous, more mineralized material known as muck or peaty muck. In certain areas this peat is so saturated it sometimes is called "quaking soil" because the ground trembles when walked on. Fens often contain fragile wetland habitat for rare plants, such as fringed and bottle gentians, grass of parnassus, and beak-rush. The Rowley Fen and the Fairbank Fen are managed by the Buchanan County Conservation Board.
The following is an excerpt from Independence Bulliten Journal concerning the Fairbank Fen area:
"In northern Buchanan County, the Fairbank Fen parking area needed to be extended further east. While this work was being done, the Conservation Board decided to provide visitors with a picnic area. Board member Jim Klever donated his time and materials to construct a small picnic patio area. Transplanted trees will provide future shade. The picnic area will make the Fairbank Fen more inviting to school groups and individuals who want to explore one of the area's unique prairie-wetlands, and to groups of hunters using the area in the fall."
WATCH OUT FOR HIDDEN HOLES AND CREVACES, they could do some damage to a knee or leg, be careful.
General Information on Buchanan County Conservation Properties:
•All areas close at 10:30 p.m.
•Picnic areas and campgrounds are open from April 15 to October 1.
•Swimming is not permitted in any county areas
•Two of the three shelter houses at Fontana Park may be reserved for a small fee. Contact the conservation department to reserve a shelter.
•Rules are posted in each county area. The conservation department also publishes a rules brochure which is available upon request.
Questions, comments, or requests should be directed to:
Buchanan County Conservation Department
Fontana Park, 1883 125th St.
Hazleton, IA 50641
- Ethanol PlantThis is a pic of the ethanol plant that will be in operation in May of 2006, just to the northwest of Fairbank Fen.
- Fairbank FenThis is located at the entrance of Fairbank Fen.
Last Updated: on 4/26/2014 3:12:27 PM Pacific Daylight Time (10:12 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum