Jerry Goth thought hikers would appreciate seeing some red trilliums along the Table Bluff segment of the Ice Age Trail near Cross Plains, Wisconsin. So, on a beautiful April afternoon, he was hard at work planting red trilliums.
Of course, not everybody can do plantings along a national scenic trail. But, Jerry can. This segment of the trail passes through the 460 acre Swamplovers Nature Preserve. The Swamplovers Foundation, Inc., manages the preserve. And, Jerry is the president of the Foundation’s Board.
He’s clearly a hands-on president.
Volunteers, along with professional contractors and consultants, are also involved in restoration and management of the Preserve. It seems Jerry rarely misses an opportunity to recruit volunteers. When a couple hikers stopped by to chat, within minutes they were exchanging contact information with Jerry so they could help out with prairie burning.
The Foundation’s website has information on the Swamplovers’ extensive activities and programs. And, there’s information on how to donate or volunteer to assist the 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. According to the website, 100% of donations “directly support on-the-ground conservation and management (rather than administrative costs).”
The Table Bluff segment is really a “don’t miss” for hikers in south central Wisconsin, in large part due to the unique Swamplovers Nature Preserve. And, if you happen to meet Jerry along the trail, you’re certain to learn something — maybe like there are red trilliums, as well as white ones.
You might even learn about his trip paddling a dug-out canoe down the Amazon.