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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program New Auburn Sedge Meadow (No. 397)

New Auburn Sedge Meadow

Photo by Aaron Carlson

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New Auburn Wildlife Area


Overview

Location

Within New Auburn Wildlife Area, Barron County. T32N-R10W, Sections 23, 26. 325 acres.

Description

Description

Located at the headwaters of Beaver Creek, New Auburn Sedge Meadow is an extensive tract of northern sedge meadow with pockets of shallow marsh and alder thicket. Situated within pitted glacial outwash, the sedge meadow is dominated by tussock sedge and American woolly-fruit sedge with Canada blue-joint grass. There is an abundance of wetland asters including boneset, Joe-pye weed, northern bog goldenrod, grass-leaved goldenrod, and giant goldenrod. Many portions of the meadow contain abundant snags of white birch evidence of a former wet forest type condition. In the past, ditches were constructed in an attempt to drain the wetland and today the meadow is noticeably drier than other similar sites. The surrounding uplands contain a mix of second-growth aspen and young-aged northern hardwoods. New Auburn Sedge Meadow is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2003.

Access

Driving directions

From New Auburn, go north on Highway SS 0.4 mile, then continue north on 29th Street about 1.8 miles to a parking area on the west side of the road.

Ownership

New Auburn Sedge Meadow 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 sedge meadow preserve, as a wetland protection area, and as an ecological reference area. Natural processes and prescribed vegetation manipulation will determine the structure of the natural communities. Provide opportunities for research and education on the highest quality sedge meadows.

Management approach

The sedge meadow species are managed actively through tree/shrub control using tree harvest, brushing and fire to mimic natural disturbance patterns. Other allowable activities include control of invasive plants and animals, and access to suppress wildfires.

Site-specific considerations

  • Roadside easement area may be managed sporadically by township.

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