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  Thrive! Park - Bluff Prairie Restoration

On the Mississippi River bluffs above the Village of Nelson (WI), you can see the initial efforts to restore the bluff prairies closer to what they would have been in the 1800s. This be the first effort to cover three to four major, adjacent Mississippi River Bluffs. Currently, restoration covers three of the major bluff areas overlooking the Village and the Mississippi River.

Farthest north is Pikes Peak and the adjacent bluff prairie, partly owned by the Hetrick family and partly is Thrive! Park (Village of Nelson donated by Gary "Chris" Christopherson). This restoration effort was funded by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Buffalo County, Christopherson and the Hetricks. Contractor for effort was 'Ku-le Region Forestry, Inc.

In the middle are the Sisters (two are being restored currently) and Lost Brother now in Thrive! Park (Village of Nelson donated by Chirstopherson). Restoration effort was funded by U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Buffalo County and Christopherson. Contractor for effort was 'Ku-le Region Forestry, Inc.

Further south are Twin Bluffs owned by Myrna (Castleberg) Buri. Restoration effort was funded by Wisconsin DNR and Buri.

To achieve the full potential for these bluff prairies, further restoration efforts and careful sustainment should occur.

Thrive! Park - Bluff Prairie Restoration [Summer 2016]


Prairie Restoration - Summer - After

After


Prairie Restoration - summer - before

Before

  Thrive! Park - Bluff Prairie Restoration [Winter 2015]


Prairie Restoration - winter 2015 - after

After


Prairie Restoration - winter 2015 - before

Before

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