IOWA CITY– Intact, relatively undisturbed floodplain forests are a rarity in Iowa.
Come walk through an 80-acre tract of such forests adjacent to two creeks on one side and upland wooded ridges on the other. Join the Floodplain and Woodland Wildflower Walk at Old Man’s Timber (Kansas Ave SW of Iowa City off Highway 1)on Saturday, May 11, from 9 a.m. until noon. The woodlands are just southwest of Iowa City.
Boots are recommended; the walk may be wet and muddy.
The walk will be easy, but may be a mile or more with a few moderate hills.
Free and open to the public, the walk is organized by Johnson County Heritage Trust (JCHT). Woodland owner Larry Weber, a hydraulic engineer, delights in describing the land’s hydrology as well as its native features, abundant wildflowers, and his restoration efforts. JCHT board chair Mark Madsen, an avid birder, will join the group to identify warblers (which should be migrating through then) and other birds.
Head southwest out of Iowa City on Highway 1, continue past Menard’s about three miles, turn left on Kansas Avenue (gravel road opposite of Black Diamond Road), continue 1 mile south on Kansas Avenue, access trail to property is at the bend in the road.
Park alongside the roadway at the access entrance and walk to the west about one quarter mile to the site. Signs will be posted along the roadway.
Information on the property can be found at www.iihr.uiowa.edu/old-mans-timber/ .