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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Fish Lake Pines (No. 394)

Fish Lake Pines

Photo by Josh Mayer


Overview

Location

Within Fish Lake State Wildlife Area, Burnett County. T37N-R19W, Section 9. 40 acres.

Description

Description

Located on pitted glacial outwash, Fish Lake Pines contains a small remnant northern dry-mesic forest, once a more common community type in northwest Wisconsin. On a low, sandy peninsula is a mature forest of white pine and red pine with Hill's oak surrounded by wetlands. Associated trees include white oak, red maple, big-tooth aspen, red oak, and Jack pine. Reproduction is mostly by white pine with red maple saplings common throughout. Although the surrounding wetlands may have protected the forest from most wildfires, scattered stumps and fire scars through the forest suggest that this stand originated by fire about 100 years ago. The moderate shrub layer consists of American hazelnut, beaked hazelnut, Rubus, and common winterberry. The herbaceous layer includes bracken fern, interrupted fern, wild sarsaparilla, blueberries, rough-leaved rice grass, three-leaved gold-thread, leather-leaved grape fern, and Canada mayflower. Resident birds are pileated woodpecker, scarlet tanager, ovenbird, veery, and golden-winged, pine, Canada, and Nashville warblers. Fish Lake Pines is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2003.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Highways 70 and 87 in Grantsburg, go south on 87/48 1.4 miles, then west on Assembly Road nearly 1 mile, then south on Hickerson Road 1.4 miles to a parking area west of the road. A trail loop leads west into the site.

Ownership

Fish Lake 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 northern dry-mesic forest reserve and as an ecological reference area. Natural processes will determine the structure of the forest. Note: It is understood that over the course of time, the oak and red pine components will decrease under a passive management regime. Other State Natural Areas, however, are managed to maintain an old-growth oak/red pine cover type. Both management scenarios are needed as ecological reference areas.

Management approach

The native species are managed passively, which allows nature to determine the ecological characteristics of the site. The dry-mesic forest will be allowed to convert over time to a more mesic forest condition. Other allowable activities include control of invasive plants and animals, and access to suppress wildfires.

Site-specific considerations

  • A nature trail traverses the site. Although removal of hazardous trees from over and near trails is an allowed activity, manipulation/removal of vegetation and soil disturbance should be minimized to the extent possible.

Management

Management objectives and prescriptions

  • Read the Glacial Lake Grantsburg Properties Master Plan.

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