The Marengo River watershed is a special place. It is a working, recreational and scenic landscape that contains beautiful rivers, streams, lakes, and rocks! Rock formations and outcroppings shape popular attractions in the watershed, such as Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome. The public has an opportunity to learn all about the geology of the Marengo River watershed, from ancient oceans to modern outcroppings and streams, from Northland Colleg Professor of Geoscience, Tom Fitz. Fitz has been studying the geology of Northern Wisconsin and teaching geoscience at Northland College since 1999. He has expertise in minerals and rocks, geological history and the relationship between people and the Earth around them.
“The Geology of the Marengo Watershed” will be presented on November 6, 2014, from 6-7 PM at Four Corners Food & Spirits, 30015 Cty Rd E, Mason. His talk will cover the huge variety of geologic materials that record a long and complex history in the watershed. Tom will display maps and rock samples after the talk. He encourages people to bring rocks or other earth materials, as he always enjoys seeing what people have collected and sharing stories about interesting finds.
The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Lincoln Community Forest, a 162-member nonprofit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to assist its owner, the Bayfield Regional Conservancy, with the conservation and enjoyment of the Lincoln Community Forest. The Lincoln Community Forest spans 396 wild and scenic acres in Bayfield County’s Town of Lincoln, in the Marengo River watershed. Formerly owned by Plum Creek Timber Company, the forest was acquired by the Bayfield Regional Conservancy in December, 2012 to conserve its natural and scenic values and to provide the public with nature-based recreation opportunities. The land is accessible from Marengo River Road and is open to the public for non-motorized activities such as hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting and fishing. More information can be found at www.friendslcf.com.