- Natural areas
- Contact information
- For information on State Natural Areas, contact:
- Thomas Meyer
Natural areas conservation biologist
Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Limery Ridge Savanna (No. 341)
Crawford County. T7N-R6W, Sections 17, 18, 20. 219 acres.
Limery Ridge Savanna features one of the few remaining undeveloped bluffs overlooking the Mississippi River and consists of the steep slopes and rocky outcrops characteristic of Wisconsin's Driftless Area. Other natural community types include southern mesic forest, open oak woodland, oak savanna, dry-mesic prairie, and moist cliff community. Located in the sheltered ravines and valley bottoms is a mesic forest dominated by large red oaks with basswood, elm, and walnut. Understory species are typical of this community type and include the Adam and Eve orchid. The open oak woodland consists of an overstory dominated by white oak with hickory, black oak, red oak, and walnut present in lower numbers. Bur oak dominates the savanna. The area harbors numerous light-loving savanna and open oak woodland species including yellow false foxglove, Robin's plantain, Short's aster, and bottlebrush grass. The site also supports the state-endangered hairy-meadow parsnip (Thaspium barbinode), found at only one other place in Wisconsin. Scattered throughout the site is high quality dry-mesic prairie dominated by typical southwest Wisconsin goat prairie species including prairie drop-seed, compass-plant, and white and purple prairie-clover. Also present is a 2,000-foot long sandstone cliff that harbors numerous ferns such as cliff brake and walking fern. Located along a main migratory bird route, the large forested nature of the site makes this important habitat for interior nesting songbirds. Limery Ridge Savanna is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2002.
At present, there is no public access to this site.
Limery Ridge Savanna is owned by:
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.
Management objectives and prescriptions
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.
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.
- Cross country skiing
- Horseback riding
- Rock climbing
- Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use
- 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
- Camping and campfires
For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]