2023 "Feel the Burn" 5K Run/Walk - June 24, 10am - Lapham Peak
Among Lapham Peaks most popular attractions are its many pristine prairies.
The restoration efforts of the prairies within the park go back a few decades involving an incredible amount of work done by DNR staff the Friends of Lapham Peak - dedicated volunteers!
One of the most important parts of prairie restoration and maintenance involves fire. Prescribed burning allows natural prairie grasses and flowers to thrive while suppressing invasive species like thistle, buckthorn, honeysuckle, boxelder, and Crown Vetch. These unwanted plants and shrubs are detrimental to our restoration efforts and threaten the prairies we’ve worked so hard to restore.
In recent years, work responsibilities have changed, and park staff no longer plan or conduct prescribed burns. The Friends of Lapham Peak have taken over the role of coordinating this work with the help of contracted services in partnership with the Park's Property Manager. The cost of burning our prairies is roughly $85/acre. With several hundred acres of prairie at Lapham, this quickly becomes an expensive venture.
Join us for the Second Annual “Feel the Burn!” run/walk - a fundraising effort with all profits going towards prescribed burning efforts right here at Lapham Peak. The course will take you through the various prairies you’re helping to restore and maintain.