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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Belmont Mound Woods (No. 167)

Belmont Mound Woods

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer

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Belmont Mound State Park


Overview

Location

Within Belmont Mound State Park, Lafayette County. T4N-R1E, Section 34. 80 acres.

Description

Description

Belmont Mound Woods features very good examples of southern mesic and dry-mesic forests located on the northern flank of an outlying exposure of Niagara dolomite, one of several such mounds in the Driftless Area. The east central part of the woods is more mesic with sugar maple dominating while larger red oak, basswood, and white ash dominate the remainder of the forest, with some black walnut and ironwood. The forest understory is particularly rich and includes wild leek, blue cohosh, spring-beauty, toothwort, hepatica, may-apple, and bloodroot. An intermittent stream flows northwest through the area adding local habitat variation. The site retains much of its natural character and a diversity of species unlike nearly all other forest tracts in the region, which have suffered from grazing and other disturbances. Belmont Mound Woods is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1981.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of U.S. Highway 151 and County Highway G (Liberty Road) in Belmont, go north and west on G 2.5 miles, then north on an access road 0.5 mile to the southern boundary of the natural area. Park along the road.

Ownership

Belmont Mound Woods 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 an old-growth forest reserve, rare plant habitat 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 southern mesic old-growth forests.

Management approach

Native species are managed passively, allowing 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.

Site-specific considerations

  • Site is within Belmont Mound State Park. Access is via an access road. Manipulation/removal of vegetation and soil disturbance should be minimized when maintaining the access road within the State Natural Area.

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