Winter: This cache will be buried if there is snow accumulation.
The Marengo River is a Priority Conservation Area for the BRC due to its biological diversity, presence of rare and endangered species and its importance for the health of the Bad River and the Kakagon Slough. Additionally, BRC holds a conservation easement on a 270-acre adjacent property in partnership with private landowners. The Lincoln Community Forest offers a variety of non-motorized recreation opportunities to the public including hiking, wildlife viewing, birding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, trapping, and hunting.
The Lincoln Community Forest is enrolled in Wisconsin's Managed Forest Law (MFL) Program. As such, it is a WORKING FOREST and BRC will be scheduling harvest practices to meet MFL requirements. Please see the MFL plan for more details. In doing so, we will continue to protect fragile soils along the river and wetland areas too.
Additionally, the Lincoln Community Forest is a project of The Climate Change Response Framework, a collaborative, cross-boundary approach among scientists, managers, and landowners to incorporate climate change considerations into natural resource management. It provides an integrated set of tools, partnerships, and actions to support climate-informed conservation and forest management. For the Lincoln Community Forest, climate change was identified as a forest management issue early in the development of the forest management plan and was considered throughout the process. As such, several adaptation actions were identified to help the community forest adapt to changing conditions.
While BRC currently owns and manages the property, we have help from the Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest, a local organization that formed to facilitate the conservation and enjoyment of the property. The Friends have led trail building and maintenance activities, constructed a parking lot and trailhead, and is in the process of building safe nesting habitat for threatened wood turtles.
Check learn more about the Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest on their website at www.friendslcf.com