Stewart Lake -- Tree and Brush Removal Volunteer Workday

Event Dates

  • Tuesday, 03/01/2022 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Friday, 12/16/2022 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 12/01/2023 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, 12/05/2023 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Event Description

Sign-Up is Required 

Arrive by 8:50 am as we start at 9:00 am. In case of cancellation due to weather, a notification will be made via email and phone to participants who have signed up.


During these winter workdays staff and volunteers work to restore land by removing invasive brush (e.g. honeysuckle, buckthorn) and trees invading the desired habitat (usually black locust, boxelder, cherry). Two roles are needed to be filled by volunteers - a Hauler and Sawyer role. We will give an introduction and training to those unfamiliar to this workday. Participants should be ready to work in winter conditions and should dress for the weather (thick socks, layers, etc.) and wear clothing that can get dirty and holes, as we will likely be burning brush piles and there will be embers. Bring drinking water and a snack if desired.

- Haulers assist sawyers by moving cut items such as branches and stumps away from the sawyer's work location. We will have a skid steer to do the heavy-lifting, but haulers will need to help pile these items in areas where the machine can access them. Haulers will also be responsible for treating cut stumps with herbicides to prevent re-growth. If you'd rather not work with herbicides please let us know.

- Sawyers will be operating chainsaws to cut brush and various sizes of trees. We will work with you to understand and accommodate your comfort level with using a chainsaw. Sawyers should be Dane County Parks registered volunteers with a signed chainsaw waiver and copy of their chainsaw safety certification on file with DCP.

For further questions, please contact: 

Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 

Shane Otto (608) 575-0396

Claire Lamberg (608) 516-3703

Event Website


Stewart Lake County Park prairie, 411 Blue View Dr, Mt. Horeb WI 53572

Parking available at the end of Blue View Dr. **We will NOT be meeting near the lake or dam**


Lars Higdon (608) 286-9497 

Categories: Health & Fitness, Parks, Volunteer