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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Upper Brunet River (No. 429)

Fire orgin pines

Photo by Linda Parker


Overview

Location

Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, Sawyer County. T40N-R4W, Sections 1, 2, 3, 10-15, 23, 24. 2,547 acres.

Description

Description

Upper Brunet River features a diversity of upland and lowland plant communities. On sandy loam soils are 80-90 year old, fire origin white pine and red pine growing on the surrounding uplands. Understory associates include blueberry, beaked hazelnut, gaywings, big-leaved aster, and poverty oats. Typical on the lower and mid-slope areas of this landtype are northern wet-mesic and dry-mesic hemlock forests. Dominants include hemlock, white cedar, and yellow birch with super-canopy white pine. Understory associates include three-leaved goldthread, mountain wood sorrel, American starflower, bunchberry, and ferns. The wet-mesic phase of this plant community has a strong moss component and is found on lower slopes forming the transition between upland and wetland. Northern mesic forest community types dominate the uplands. Of primary importance is an area of mesic white pine co-dominant with sugar maple. This is a seral stage (mid-successional) forest that will eventually succeed to sugar maple-hemlock with a white pine super-canopy. Also present is a boreal-like forest dominated by upland tamarack with black spruce, balsam fir, and white pine. Characteristic ground flora includes thimbleberry, bracken fern, big-leaved aster, and wild sarsaparilla. This community is probably of fire origin, seral in nature, and uncommon. Aquatic features include a portion of the Brunet River, which drains over 1/10th of the area of Sawyer County and its headwaters are just east of the SNA. The portion running through and adjacent to the site is classified as Class IA brook trout water. Breeding birds include yellow-rumped, black-throated green, blackburnian, magnolia, and black-and-white warblers, ovenbird, and golden-winged warbler. Upper Brunet River is owned by the US Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.

Access

Driving directions

From State Highway 70 and County Highway GG in Loretta, go north on GG about 4 miles, then walk northeast on a snowmobile trail (214) about 1.3 miles, then walk southeast 0.4 mile into the site.

Ownership

Upper Brunet River is owned by:

  • US Forest Service

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