LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — La Crosse is known for Grandad Bluff and it’s hiking trails. Now a local organization is working to add some extra beauty to your next walk.
Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, the Friends of the Blufflands will restore spring ephemerals to the north slope.
Right now that area on Grandad Bluff is dominated by Maple trees which shade out understory plants. Spring ephemerals are plants evolved to leaf out, bloom and set seed; typically after the last snowfall.
“They’ll be hepaticas and blood root and trillium, which will add some color here,” Vice President of Friends of the Blufflands Jon Rigden said.
“I hope people have an awe factor when they come through and appreciate that fleeting moment when they’re on stage and they burst forth and then they’re gone.”
Rigden adds that it will take some time to start seeing change in the forest as these plants take time to grow. But once they’re bloomed, it won’t only be beautiful, it will also benefit our pollinators.
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