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2021 Fall Work Day

By John Hillmer / November 6, 2021 / Comments Off on 2021 Fall Work Day

On Nov 6, 2021, The Friends of Lapham Peak sponsored a Fall Workday followed by a Chili-lunch for the volunteers.  Over 30 volunteers worked on a number of different projects within the park, including: Stacking Firewood at Evergreen for the winter Removing slash (branches) from the trails especially from Evergreen […]

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Skiing at Lapham Peak, Dec 17

By John Hillmer / December 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Skiing at Lapham Peak, Dec 17

Beginning the week of Dec 13th, volunteer snowmakers began making snow for cross country skiing at Lapham Peak.  Our new Pisten Bully 100 (PB100) snow cat is working great to spread the man-made snow.  We’ll groom Wednesday night. For updates on our trail conditions, see our Trails Condition page

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2020 Snowmaking Update

By John Hillmer / November 21, 2020 / Comments Off on 2020 Snowmaking Update

If you missed the Friends of Lapham Peak’s Annual Business Meeting on Nov 11, 2020, we now have a video of the very informative Snow Making Update that John McCarthy shared at the meeting, as our special speaker and presentation for the evening. A copy of John’s slides in PDF […]

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Prairie Burn at Lapham Peak

By John Hillmer / November 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Prairie Burn at Lapham Peak

A Prescribed Prairie Burn was performed at Lapham Peak on Nov 2 and 17.  About 55 acres on the west side of the Park, and about 2-3 acres on the east side of the park were successfully burned.  The areas outlined in red on the right were the units involved. […]

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2020 C.D. Besadny Conservation Funded Project – Complete

By John Hillmer / November 17, 2020 / Comments Off on 2020 C.D. Besadny Conservation Funded Project – Complete

Invasive Species Removal for Picnic Shelter & Trail Accessibility Project (2019-2020) In 2019, The Friends of Lapham Peak (FLP) applied for a grant from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin’s C.D. Besadny Conservation Fund.  The grant was to co-fund two efforts, both dealing with the removal of invasive species within […]

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Removing Black Locust

By John Hillmer / October 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Removing Black Locust

We’ve been monitoring the growth of some very nasty, invasive, thorny, Black Locust trees along the Paul Sandgren Recreational Trail on the far west side of the park, along Cushing Road.  This October (2020), volunteers removed as much of this as they could find, and they will continue to monitor […]

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New Winter Recreation Storage Building is Taking Shape

By John Hillmer / September 21, 2020 / Comments Off on New Winter Recreation Storage Building is Taking Shape

Our new Winter Recreation Storage Building, that will house our new SnowCat, snowguns, hehicles, and other winter recreation equipment, such as water hoses, pipes, tools, and supplies, is starting to take shape.  Volunteers prepared the site, including engineering work, survey work, building design, excavation work, work on a drainage system, […]

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Ornamental Grass can be a Huge Problem for the Park

By John Hillmer / September 5, 2020 / Comments Off on Ornamental Grass can be a Huge Problem for the Park

Ornamental grasses, including non-native phragmites (also called common reed), pampas grass, miscanthus grass (also called maiden grass) can become a huge issue for our State Parks.  Each year, volunteers and DNR rangers try to address various invasive plants (such as buckthorn, honeysuckle, black locust, Japanese barberry, etc) and now ornamental […]

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Backpacking Campsite Renovated

By John Hillmer / September 1, 2020 / Comments Off on Backpacking Campsite Renovated

Thanks to the Friends of Wisconsin State Parks for the “Incentive Grant” they awarded us with!  With this, volunteers from the Friends of Lapham Peak and our local DNR staff, renovated Lapham Peak’s backpacking campsite!  Updates include: a new fire-pit with movable cooking surface 2 new benches a new / […]

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2019 Volunteer Hours

By John Hillmer / August 25, 2020 / Comments Off on 2019 Volunteer Hours

In 2019, about 327 people volunteered at Lapham Peak at various times, for a total of 11,897.9 hours! Those hours are broken down by area of focus, as follows — Snowmaking: 6,202.2; Conservation: 2,977.5; General Friends Activities: 2,582.2; Nature Center: 136.0; TOTAL: 11,897.9 Hours

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