Mathy Quarry in the bluffs of La Crosse is closed
as efforts continue to restore the 32 acres into a
News 8's Madalyn O'Neill can tell us why the work
is important to all of us.
You may not think about pollinators like butterflies
and bees on a daily basis .
but without them and their role in the food chain,
we wouldn't be able to get dinner on the table.
Federal grants are helping the La Crosse Parks, Recreation
and Forestry Department with work on their pollinator
praire restoration project at Mathy Quarry .
which will bring back the native plants pollinators
depend on to survive.
First, crews are getting rid of the non-native plants
that have invaded the quarry .
to make room for the new ones.
So this is good example of what prairie did look like
Sometimes you've got to take things down.
They herbacided our field, in the back of us.
Before you can build them back up.
you couldn't walk through it.
it's a big mess of bushes.
Experts say the invasive plants can push out *native*
plants that pollinators like butterflies and bees
We see a decline in pollinators species and monarchs
when there's a loss of habitat.
That's why part of the Mathy Quarry Pollinator Prairie
Restoration Project means getting rid of non-native
species that have crowded the area...
You get three things smooth brome, crown vetch and
To make room for 50 plus native species that wildlife
It's like when you go around your lawn or you kill
weeds between your sidewalk, kind of thing.
its' that, but a larger scale.
Experts say what pollinators eat, is important .
because it affects us all the way at the top of the
If we don't have the bees, we don't want to find out.
our crops are pollinated, we cant produce fruit without
cross pollinated bees helping you.
$12,500 dollars worth of U.S.
Fish and Wildlife federal funds are going toward the
bringing in seeds to repopulate the area with native
plants that pollinators like.
You gotta get your quality plants to create a quality
It will take a few years before native plants in Mathy
Quarry really take root .
but established areas like Onalaska's Brice prairie
can give an idea of what to expect..
A lot of these prairie plants that you see know are
going to be similar.
Project leaders imagine it will all be worth it.
The amount of colors you're going to see are just
going to be gorgeous.
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Going forward .
crews will begin to plant the native plants next summer,
and mow the area two to four times a year to keep
the non-native plant-growth down.
After about three years, the native plants will have
established strong roots, and they can then begin
a burn regimen, which is actually healthy for that
Mathy Quarry will reopen tomorrow morning.