Bob Freckmann will lead a spring wildflower walk through Powers Bluff on Saturday May 12. Powers Bluff is a prominent high hill about two miles southwest of Arpin in Wood County. Part of the bluff is in a county park, and about 80 acres of the park have been designated as a State Natural Area. The Natural Area includes one of the best examples of a sugar maple woods free of alien invasive species left in Wisconsin. The understory flora in May is spectacular. It is an almost unbroken carpet of trilliums, spring beauty, trout lilies, bellworts, Dutchman's breeches, and many other species.
This trip is sponsored by the Central Wisconsin Aldo Leopold Audubon Society and is free and open to the public. To car pool from Stevens Point: meet in the public parking lot on the east side of the Wisconsin River north of the Clark Street bridge and the Chase Bank at 8:00 AM. The group will meet at the parking lot near the shelter building at Powers Bluff at about 8:45. Bluff Drive, the road to the Park, is one mile south of county highway N, and runs between county highways E and T. We expect to complete the field trip at Powers Bluff around noon.