Field Day At Bock Forest

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Percheron team of John Adametz and A to Z Percherons

The Middleton Public Lands Department is sponsoring the fifth annual Forestry Field Day on Saturday, November 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at John C. Bock Community Forest.

Orchid Heights Park provides parking and wagon rides to the activities. The 19-acre parcel is in its fifth year of restoration to oak savanna, oak woodland, and prairie ecosystems.

The forestry field day is a free public event featuring demonstrations of horse logging, arborist skills (tree climbing and pruning), wood milling, timber stand improvement, and free horse-drawn wagon rides. These demonstrations will highlight how foresters select, harvest, and process trees in a responsible, environmentally sustainable manner. There will also be talks given on wildlife of the area, restoration methods, and historic land use.

The horse logging demonstration features the Percheron team of John Adametz and A to Z Percherons. Logs will be skidded to an on-site sawmill operated by Dave Arnold of CityWood Treecycling LLC. Dave is a local leader in creating usable lumber from trees that would otherwise be chipped or burned as firewood. Mazomanie based Rod Anding and his team of Suffolk Punch draft horses will be offering free wagon rides. Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Forester Mary Ann Buenzow will share her forestry expertise regarding TSI and other silvaculture practices during a guided hike through the oak woodland area. Dane County Parks Forester Adam Alves will provide an instructional demonstration on proper tree felling techniques. Biologic Environmental Consulting will provide an update and answer questions on the ongoing ecological restoration activities at the forest and Jesse Bennett of Driftless Land Stewardship LLC will have goats on site and explain their role in the restoration process. Thompson & Associates will provide information on wildlife activities in the area, and the State Historical Society will lend insight into historic land usage.

The event will be of great interest to anyone interested in trees, tree care, sustainable forestry, urban forestry, ecological restoration, wood utilization, and of course, horses and goats.

For more information please contact City of Middleton Forester/Horticulturist Mark Wegner at 821- 8345 or


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