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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program New Munster Bog Island (No. 53)

New Munster Bog Island

Photo by Josh Mayer

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New Munster Wildlife Area


Overview

Location

Within New Munster Wildlife Area, Kenosha County. T1N-R19E, Sections 2, 3, 10, 11. 61 acres.

Description

Description

New Munster Bog Island contains a sandy knoll of hardwoods surrounded by tamarack and shrub-carr bog. On the east side of the knoll is a 200 foot-wide strip of northern hardwoods with a unique association of yellow birch, paper birch, birch hybrids, juneberry, and alternate-leaved dogwood. The remainder of the knoll includes wild geranium, sweet cicely, honewort, mayapple, and golden alexanders. Tamarack and shrub-carr areas have been affected somewhat by drainage attempts but still contain several colonies of rare orchids. The island is home to many mammals. Large numbers of nesting birds have been recorded, too, including northern waterthrush, here at its southern limit in Wisconsin. New Munster Bog Island is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1967.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of State Hwy. 50 and County Hwy. W in western Kenosha County, go south on County W 0.25 mile, then southwest on County Hwy JI 0.25 mile, then west on Lily Lake Road 0.25 mile, then west on 75th Street to a 90E corner, then north to a parking lot. The natural area is across the creek and a field.

Ownership

New Munster Bog Island 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 reserve for northern wet forest and southern dry-mesic forest, and as an ecological reference area. Natural processes and prescribed understory manipulation (see below) will determine the structure of the forest. Provide opportunities for research and education on the highest quality native northern wet forests and southern dry-mesic forests.

Management approach

In the southern dry-mesic forest, the native dominant tree species (primarily oaks) are managed passively. However, understory manipulation and shrub control via harvest, brushing or fire may be needed to mimic natural disturbance patterns. The mostly passive canopy management and understory manipulation will determine the ecological characteristics of the dry-mesic forest. In all other areas, native species are managed passively, allowing nature to determine their ecological characteristics. Across the entire site, allowable activities include control of invasive plants and animals, maintenance of existing facilities, and access to suppress fires. Salvage of trees after a major wind event is not considered compatible with management objectives.

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