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Sat, Jun 08


Blue Mounds

Property Tour - Jerome and Jackie Helmenstine

In the family since 1897, the Helmenstine's 305 acre homestead is an excellent example of how government policy and private land stewardship can work wonders for prairie and oak savanna habitat.

Property Tour - Jerome and Jackie Helmenstine
Property Tour - Jerome and Jackie Helmenstine

Time & Location

Jun 08, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

Blue Mounds, 4785 Co Rd FF, Blue Mounds, WI 53517, USA


About the event

The 305-acre Helmenstine farm has been in the family since 1897, when Jerome’s great-grandfather homesteaded the property. For the past 17 years, sections of savanna and woodland here have been undergoing restoration. Some areas are in the CREP, CRP and CCP set- aside programs for native grasses and pollinator mixes. The farm has a mix of upland and lowland grasslands, cultivated fields and wooded hill slopes. It includes a parcel adjacent to the East Branch of Blue Mounds Creek. The south-facing slopes have a number of impressive oaks. Inaddition, there is diverse wildlife, including American kestrels nesting in

breeding boxes.

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