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Eden Prairians Grant and Seth Liabraaten, Council Member Ron Case, Dennis and Annie Wiese trekked through the woods on October 14, 2001.

In 2002, Eden Prairie Council Member Sherry Butcher and Jeff Strate reviewed trail plans for Birch Island Woods Conservation Area. From then through January 2008, Friends of BIW and the City have coordinated more than 1230 volunteers in a variety of projects including wood chip trail construction, buckthorn and garlic removal, woodland plant restoration and litter pick ups.


Den 3, Cub Scout Pack 479 arrived by bicycle on the LRT trail to help with the April 20th litter pickup of the woods..

For their Wolf Conservation Project the Cub Souts carried out a lot of trash. They also found old coal along the railroad bed trail.

The Birch Island Woods "Potting Party"Saturday April 13, 2002 at the Picha Heritage farm. That's the woods in the background.

Terry Picha and a neighborhood kid ready a crab apple tree.

April 12, 2002. A biology class from Benilde-St. Margaret's High School tours the Picha Heritage Farm for a primer on horticultural science and saving the woods.

MLeft to Right: Elise Sheehan (teacher), Jeff Strate (FBIW), Keith Leiseth (Environmental Science & Ecology teacher), Terry Picha (FBIW).

Birch Island Lake and Park in November 2001, only to dissappear with a series of unseasonable thaws.

Main trail in the woods, November 2001.

Representative Tom Workman (Dst. 43A) and with Friends of Birch Island Woods, Glenshire Conservation Group and Save the SW LRT Trail at Eden Wood Center on August 23. .

Greg Borrell and helpers at EP Lions Club Corn Feed, Round Lake Park, August 4, 2001.

Hikers from Minnetonka cool off in the woods on August 12, 2001.

FBIW Legal Committee Chair Geri Napuck Westermann and entourage on the railroad trail in early August, 2001.

EP Council Member Sherry Butcher (center) describing how two 1925 camp buildings at the Eden Wood Center were rescued from demolition and became listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The stop was part of the August 11th Bike Tour of the Birch Island Woods area.

Bicyclers from Minnetonka and Eden Prairie stop near the century old Picha Heritage farm on the August 12th bike tour of the historic and scenic sites of the Birch Island Woods area.

Volunteers prepare shrubs and trees for the benefit plant sale at the Picha Heritage Farm in early May, 2001.

Birch Island Woods Webmaster Dave Spoor; part of the plant sale team.

Retired MN Highway Commissioner (and US DOT official) John Jameison Minneapolis) visited the woods on 11/26/00 to take measure of preservation efforts and the redevelopment and mass transit potential of nearby industrial and commercial districts. Jameison is an advocate of sustainable communities and energy conservation.

 

Met Council Member James Nelson (Columbia Heights) far left and Commercial Real Estate Consultant Ronald Pentz (Minneapolis), far right with Jeff Strate and Terry Picha (FBIW) at Eden Wood Center, toured the woods with EP Parks Director Bob Lambert (unseen), 11/24/00.

Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman toured the Woods on November 1, 2000 with EP Parks Head Bob Lambert and Terry Picha (photo on left) and EP Council Member Nancy Tyra-Lukens (photo on right).

Greg Fangel (left), President, North Star Ski Touring club and Floyd Lauman (right), Board of Managers, Nine Mile Creek Watershed District, surveyed Birch Island Park, lake, and the unprotected woods and Glen Lake Golf course on October 7. The urban bound area shows great promise as a first class cross country skiing complex of trails with a true wilderness feel.

Some 90 bicyclists and riders on an antique Twin Cities Rapid Transit Bus stop at the historic Eden Wood Center and the Birch Island Woods during this year's Tour de Sprawl. Visit News for more information about this Sierra Club outing.

Paul Chamberlain (guitar) and Ken Sherman (violin) serenade the last of the Tour de Sprawl bicyclists at the BIW trail head. "This land is your land, this land is my land..."

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