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Guided hike to explore the geological history of La Crosse Blufflands | Local News

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Mississippi Valley Conservancy is offering Geology of the Blufflands: A Guided Hike to Explore the Geological History of the La Crosse Blufflands as Revealed by the Quarry Walls and Surrounding Landscape on Saturday, July 16.

Participants will appreciate the beauty of the grassland reconstruction on the Mathy field of La Crosse’s Blufflands while walking through the old quarry to examine the sedimentary rock walls.

This event is part of the Conservancy’s 2022 series of ‘Earth-Bound’ outdoor experiences about the many nature reserves it protects for wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, outdoor learning and recreation in the Driftless area.

Guides for this walk, Jonathan Rigden and Kelvin Rodolfo, will share their knowledge of the landscape, how it was formed over thousands of years, and what makes it different from other Wisconsin landscapes.

The 453-acre Mathy Parcel in La Crosse Blufflands-North is owned and maintained by the City of La Crosse while being permanently protected by the Mississippi Valley Conservancy. The cliff property allows visitors to explore a unique landscape that is believed to have existed hundreds of years ago. It features bluff grassland and oak savannah habitats that have become increasingly rare due to development, mining, and the spread of non-native plant species.

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These habitats are home to many native plant and wildlife species that have adapted to the unique geology, including owls, migratory birds, prairie grasses and wildflowers.

Advance registration is available for this free event between now and July 13 at www.mississippivalleyconservancy.org/events. As the number of parking spaces is limited, carpooling is recommended.