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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Town Corner Cedars (No. 550)

Town Corner Cedars

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer


Overview

Location

Within Town Corner Wildlife Area, Marinette County. T35N-R19E, Sections 1, 2. 306 acres.

Description

Description

Situated just southwest of Town Corner Lake, Town Corner Cedars supports a good quality northern wet-mesic forest dominated by white cedar with tamarack, black spruce, balsam fir, and scattered white pine. The shrub cover is very sparse to moderate. A carpet of mostly sphagnum with other mosses blankets the forest floor and supports a ground flora that includes three-leaved goldthread, naked miterwort, marsh fern, yellow bluebead lily, creeping snowberry, blunt-leaved orchid, American starflower, bunchberry, twin-flower, one-flowered wintergreen, liver-leaf wintergreen, and Canada mayflower. A wide variety of lichens can be found growing within the forest enhancing the site's diversity. A small undeveloped seepage bay lake is situated in the center of the cedar swamp with good cedar reproduction occurring on the lake's north shore. Surrounding the small lake is a firm to floating poor fen that supports numerous notable species including grass-pink, pitcher plant, round-leaved sundew, common bog-arrow grass, and dragon's-mouth orchid. Birds include common raven, Nashville warbler, song sparrow, swamp sparrow, and indigo bunting. Town Corner Cedars is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.

Access

Driving directions

From Amberg, go west on Dow Dam Road 3.4 miles, then north on Smiley Road 2.4 miles, then north on Rock Road 0.8 miles and park. Walk east 0.1 mile into the site.

Ownership

Town Corner Cedars is owned by:

  • WDNR

Maps

The DNR's state natural areas program is comprised of lands owned by the state, private conservation organizations, municipalities, other governmental agencies, educational institutions and private individuals. While the majority of SNAs are open to the public, access may vary according to individual ownership policies. Public use restrictions may apply due to public safety, or to protect endangered or threatened species or unique natural features. Lands may be temporarily closed due to specific management activities. Users are encouraged to contact the landowner for more specific details.

The data shown on these maps have been obtained from various sources, and are of varying age, reliability, and resolution. The data may contain errors or omissions and should not be interpreted as a legal representation of legal ownership boundaries.

Objectives

Site objectives

Manage the site as a reserve for northern wet-mesic forest, as an aquatic reserve and wetland protection site, and as an ecological reference area. Natural processes will determine the structure of the forest. Provide opportunities for research and education on the highest quality native northern wet-mesic forests.

Management approach

The native species are managed passively, which allows nature to determine the ecological characteristics of the site. Exceptions include control of invasive plants and animals, maintenance of existing facilities, and access to suppress fires. Salvage of trees after a major wind event is not considered compatible with management objectives.

Recreation

Very few State Natural Areas have public facilities, but nearly all are open for a variety of recreational activities as indicated below. Generally, there are no picnic areas, restrooms, or other developments. Parking lots or designated parking areas are noted on individual SNA pages and maps. Trails, if present, are typically undesignated footpaths. If a developed trail is present, it will normally be noted on the SNA map and/or under the "Access" tab. A compass and topographic map or a GPS unit are useful tools for exploring larger, isolated SNAs.

Allowable activities

In general, the activities listed below are allowed on all DNR-owned SNA lands. Exceptions to this list of public uses, such as SNAs closed to hunting, are noted under the "Access" tab above and posted with signs on site.

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Trapping

Prohibited activities

  • Camping and campfires
  • Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), non-edible fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil, downed wood, or any other natural material, alive or dead. Collecting for scientific research requires a permit issued by the DNR
  • Collecting of plants including seeds, roots or other non-edible parts of herbaceous plants such as wildflowers or grasses
  • Drone use, unless authorized by a SNA research permit
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]

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Last revised: Thursday, October 19, 2017