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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Pea Creek Sedge Meadow (No. 315)

Pea Creek Sedge Meadow

Photo by Josh Mayer


Overview

Location

Within Eau Claire County Forest, Eau Claire County. T25N-R5W, Sections 3, 4. 200 acres.

Description

Description

Pea Creek Sedge Meadow features a large, undisturbed acid meadow that is the headwaters of Pea Creek, a tributary of the Eau Claire River. Dominant plants include few-seeded sedge, beaked sedge, tussock sedge, blue-joint grass, bog birch, and leather-leaf over a patchy cover of sphagnum. Other characteristic herbs and shrubs are steeplebush, bog willow, swamp candles, marsh fern, wild iris, swamp loosestrife, northern bog goldenrod, and swamp dewberry. The meadow is more open along the edges and becomes brushy toward the center. Patches of tamarack are also present, mostly near the eastern margins of the wetland. A tall shrub zone of speckled alder, black chokeberry, mountain holly, and common winterberry occupies a portion of the upland-wetland interface. Several small stands of white pine-red maple forest are present along the edges of the meadow while uplands are sandy and mostly second-growth white pine, oak, aspen, and birch. Pea Creek Sedge Meadow is owned by Eau Claire County and was designated a State Natural Area in 1996.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Highways 12 and H in Fairchild, go north on H 5.2 miles and park along the road (about 0.25 miles past Highway M). The open sedge meadow lies west of the highway.

Ownership

Pea Creek Sedge Meadow is owned by:

  • Eau Claire County

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.

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.

Non-DNR lands

Hunting and trapping

This is a non-DNR owned SNA: Opportunities for hunting and trapping depend on the land owner. Please contact them directly to find out about their rules for hunting and trapping. You can find a link to other owner websites under the "Resource links" heading above. More details regarding allowable uses of this non-DNR owned SNA may be posted, if available, under the "Access" tab above.

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Other activities

Other allowable activities such as - but not limited to camping, geocaching and bicycling are determined by the landowner. Please contact them directly or visit their websites for details.

Last revised: Thursday, October 19, 2017