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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Germania Wet Prairie (No. 366)


Overview

Location

Located within Germania Marsh Wildlife Area, Marquette County. T17N-R10E, Sections 27, 34. 95 acres.

Description

Description

Situated on the terraces above the Mecan River is Germania Wet Prairie, a diverse wet to wet-mesic prairie with a showy flora and some sedge meadow and fen affinities. The natural area has had little to no previous disturbance such as grazing, which is a common occurrence in the surrounding area. Grasses include prairie cord grass, blue-joint grass, and slender wheat grass. Herbaceous plants include wild bergamot, prairie blazing-star, mountain mint, swamp thistle, Michigan lily, marsh bellflower, downy phlox, boneset, tall meadow-rue, pale-spike lobelia, and royal fern. Germania Wet Prairie is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2002.

Access

Driving directions

The area is best seen by canoe. From the intersection of Highway J and Eagle Road in Germania, go north on N 1.4 miles, then west on Duck Creek Road 1.3 miles to the second access road heading south (about 0.2 mile) to a boat launch. Canoe upstream about one mile upstream into the natural area. Or for walk-in access, from Eagle, go west and north on Eagle Road 2.7 miles to a DNR parking lot on the east side of the road. Walk east overland about 0.3 mile into the natural area.

Ownership

Germania Wet Prairie 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 wet prairie reserve, a wetland protection area, and an ecological reference area. Natural processes and prescribed fire will determine the structure of the prairie. Provide opportunities for research and education on the highest quality native prairies.

Management approach

The native prairie species are managed actively through tree/shrub control using tree harvest, brushing and especially fire to mimic natural disturbance patterns. Occasional fire-tolerant native trees and shrubs may be retained at low densities. The ecological characteristics of the site will be primarily shaped by an intensive fire management program. Other allowable activities include control of invasive plants and animals, augmentation of native prairie species after careful review, maintenance of existing facilities, and access to suppress wildfires.

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