SWCD hosting forestry field day at Magelssen Bluff Park in Rushford

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will be hosting a field day on Wednesday, July 25, to explore how terrain, soils and aspect affect timber productivity, the types of plant communities found on a site, and identifying trees and plants that will thrive depending on the site conditions.

The field day will be held at Magelssen Bluff Park in Rushford. The event is being held in partnership with the Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Tree Farm Association, Minnesota Forestry Association and High Point Realty. The tour will begin at 6 p.m. with a light supper being served beforehand at 5:30, provided by High Point Realty.

Those attending will benefit from the expert knowledge of foresters and fellow landowners. Presenters include DNR foresters Jim Edgar and Jake Froyum and private foresters, Mitch Gilbert and Johnny Micheel. Magelssen Bluff park has had extensive habitat restoration work done by the DNR to restore the bluff prairie using goat grazing (working goats will be present) and rattlesnake habitat improvements. The north slope of the bluff has contrasting examples of the forest type found in that setting.

This is a fun and informational opportunity for anyone interested in forestry and evaluating a site’s suitability for particular tree and plant species. It also offers the chance to enjoy the great outdoors and get to know about local projects in the area. Anyone who wishes to enjoy a fun and educational walk with beautiful views is encouraged to come!

Note: clothing and shoes (closed toe) appropriate for hiking through woodland terrain is encouraged. The hike is a quarter-mile to half-mile long. Seating is limited so bring a lawn chair if possible.

If coming from downtown Rushford (four-way stop at the Highway 43 and Highway 30 intersection, also known as the South Mill Street), go 0.7 miles west on Highway 30, turn right onto Magelssen Bluff Road (where the speed limit changes-watch for park sign) and proceed to the top.

If coming from the west on Highway 30, proceed 0.6 miles past the Rushford Lutheran Cemetery, turn left onto Magelssen Bluff Road (watch for park sign) and proceed to the top.

Contact the SWCD for more information at 507-765-3878, ext. 3, or go to www.fillmoreswcd.org