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Potato River hike
October 25, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
Join ICORE members for a fall hike on property belonging to botanists Jim & Joy Perry along the Potato River in Iron County. The hike will be from 10:00am to noon, followed by an optional lunch at a restaurant in Hurley.
Jim Perry and Joy Perry are retired University of Wisconsin botanists. Joy is Senior Lecturer Emerita and Jim Campus Executive Officer and Dean Emeritus, both with the now defunct University of Wisconsin Colleges. Joy is a board member of Wild Ones and Jim currently serves as Vice President of the Board for Wisconsin’s Green Fire: Voices for Conservation.
They reside as the third family of a former dairy farm established in 1848 in the Town of Winchester of Winnebago County. Upon returning to Wisconsin from a ten-year stint at Frostburg State University in far western Maryland in 1993 they began the search for a place for a cabin, finding it along the Potato River in Iron County’s Town of Gurney. They built their cabin and placed the wooded 99-acre parcel in the Managed Forest Land (Open). Several years ago, the land was placed into a permanent conservation easement with the Northwoods Land Trust, “Protected Forever.”
The hike is open to everyone at no cost, but space may be limited so please RSVP on the Iron County Silent Sports Meetup.
Directions: 4+ miles south of Hwy. 2 on 169. Go through Gurney, across the Potato River. Driveway is halfway between Harris Road on the north and Barr Creek Road on the south. 5.5 telephone poles south of Harris Road.
Carpool: Those who’d like to carpool can meet at the Mercer Library at 9:00 p.m.
Photo of Upper Potato River Falls by Katie Wheeler, used under Creative Commons license. https://www.flickr.com/photos/almostsummersky/