LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Students from Viterbo University help build wire cages to protect and restore the tree population near Hixon Forest.
Viterbo students joined Friends of the Blufflands on Saturday morning for a reforestation project. The group built cages to put around the growing trees on the corner of County Road F and County Road FA in La Crosse. The cages will protect the trees from deer and other wildlife.
“Oak is not effectively regenerating in our forests these days because of heavy deer browsing. Especially in a place like Hixon Forest where there are a lot of deer,” Friends of the Blufflands board member Jonathan Rigden said. “So young oaks when they finally start to grow, they never grow because they are fed on by the deer.”
Volunteers are still needed to plant seedlings in the upcoming weeks. Friends of the Blufflands intend to grown over 300 trees in the next month. There will be 100 cherry, 100 red oak and 100 shag bark hickory on the bluff.