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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program White Cliff Fen And Forest (No. 383)

White Cliff Fen And Forest

Photo by Josh Mayer

Resource links:

Door County Land Trust


Overview

Location

Door County. T30N-R27E, Sections 13, 18. 100 acres.

Description

Description

White Cliff Fen and Forest features a deep, undisturbed forest of white cedar and hardwoods surrounding a calcareous fen that rests at the base of the Niagara escarpment. The area lies less than ½ mile from Green Bay. The fen is fed by alkaline ground water rich in calcium and magnesium bicarbonates and is dominated by woolly-fruit sedge and hard-stem bulrush. Plant species include such fen indicators as Kalm's lobelia, boneset, marsh fern, and common bog-arrow grass (Triglochin maritima) - a rare species despite its name. Other plants are marsh marigold, small-flowered false foxglove, northern bog goldenrod, and northern bog aster. Marsh milkweed is plentiful throughout the wetland and attracts numerous nectaring butterflies including a large number of monarchs. Limestone bedrock is exposed in areas of the fen, an indicator of a very shallow peat layer. An irregular, narrow border of shrubby cinquefoil, small white cedar, red-osier dogwood, alder-leaf buckthorn, and tamarack rings the fen. The area slowly grades into a white cedar and green ash woodland and then into an upland forest of white cedar, hemlock, red oak, big-tooth aspen, and white ash. Other trees include paper birch, beech, sugar maple, white pine, white spruce, and red pine. Although rare plant and animal surveys are pending, the surrounding area contains three rare land snails, and the Hine's Emerald dragonfly (Somatochlora hineana), a federally endangered species. Future inventories may reveal the presence of these and other rare species at this site. White Cliff Fen and Forest is owned by the Door County Land Trust and was designated a State Natural Area in 2002.

Access

Driving directions

From Egg Harbor, go east on Horseshoe Bay Road 0.8 miles, then north on Dock Road 0.2 miles, then continue north on White Cliff Road 2.1 miles to the trailhead located south of the road. Parking is available at the public boat launch immediately east of the trailhead.

For hunting opportunities, visit the Door County Land Trust. [exit DNR]

Ownership

White Cliff Fen And Forest is owned by:

  • Door County Land Trust

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