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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Camp Nine Pines (No. 470)

Camp Nine Pines

Photo by Aaron Carlson


Overview

Location

Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Bayfield County. T45N-R8W, Section 3. T46N-R8W, Sections 28, 32, 33, 34. 2,958 acres.

Description

Description

Camp Nine Pines contains one of the largest blocks of natural red pine and white pine on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Other significant attributes include scattered frost pocket barrens, the opportunity to establish a connective corridor to the Rainbow Lake Wilderness Area, and the diversity of forest interior wood warblers. After the initial harvest followed by intense fires on the cutover land, the pine forest was allowed to re-develop and continue towards old-growth until harvest was again initiated on some portions of the site. A contiguous canopy of 75 to 100-year old pine and oak stretches over nearly 3,000 acres in total. The canopy is broken up only by natural open frost pockets and several recent clear-cuts. The forest is dominated by red pine and white pine with significant stands of red oak and jack pine. Associated species are paper birch, quaking aspen, and sugar maple. Red maple is ubiquitous in small numbers throughout the area. Shrubs include beaked hazelnut, American hazelnut, and American fly-honeysuckle. The herbaceous layer includes wood anemone, red baneberry, cinnamon fern, rough-leaved rice grass, round-lobed hepatica, and blunt-leaf orchid. Significant open or partially forested areas are dominated by widely spaced jack pine, bracken fern, and early low blueberry. Common understory species are harebell, smooth aster, big bluestem, and poverty oats. Typically these openings are in located in depressions and maintained by frost. Although recent activity has modified portions of the area, most exhibits the full range of local soil, topographic, and aspect variability. This area represents the best opportunity on the Forest and perhaps in Wisconsin to protect and restore a large block of future old-growth pine. Rare species include Connecticut warbler (Oporornis agilis), black-throated blue warbler (Dendroica caerulescens), large round-leaved orchid (Platanthera orbiculata) and rugulose grape-fern (Botrychium rugulosum). Camp Nine Pines is owned by the U.S. Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007. This site is also recognized by the Forest Service as an established Research Natural Area.

Access

Driving directions

From Drummond, go west on County Highway N for 6 miles, then north of FR 229 (Beck Road) about 5.5 miles to the Camba Bike Trail Trailhead. Trails provide access east and west into the site. Access from the north is provided by W. Delta Lake Road and Beck Road (FR 229).

Ownership

Camp Nine Pines 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