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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Robinson Creek Pines (No. 193)

Robinson Creek Pines

Photo by Eric Epstein

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Black River State Forest


Overview

Location

Within Black River State Forest, Jackson County. T20N-R2W, Section 19 S½. 123 acres.

Description

Description

Robinson Creek Pines contains a scenic corridor of large white pines along the floodplains of Wyman and Robinson creeks. Alders, sedges, grasses, and ferns fringe the creeks. Swampy pockets of red maple, birches, white pine, and cinnamon and royal ferns are present along the floodplain. Smaller white pine, red pine, and oak dominate the upland terrace south of the creeks. Some white pine reproduction is occurring. The understory is typical of northern dry-mesic forest but quite varied with moccasin flower, trailing arbutus, and pipsissewa. Drier sites are occupied by Jack pine, oaks and hazelnut with quite a few barrens and dry prairie species present. Both streams are Class II trout waters with fast, clear water that is soft and light brown. The creeks provide habitat for the uncommon water shrew. Several birds associated with older growth forests are found here including barred owl, pileated woodpecker, ovenbird, and scarlet tanager. American woodcocks are common along Robinson Creek. Other birds include common raven, red-breasted nuthatch, Nashville warbler, and pine warbler. Robinson Creek Pines is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1983.

Access

Driving directions

From Millston go west on County O 0.7 miles, then north on a fisherman access road just west of Lake Lee to the natural area.

Ownership

Robinson Creek Pines 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 preserve for northern dry-mesic forest, as an aquatic preserve and wetland protection area, 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 forests.

Management approach

The native dominant tree species (primarily pines and oaks) are managed passively, and will gradually convert over time to a more mesic forest condition. 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