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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Marinette County Beech Forest (No. 55)

Marinette County Beech Forest

Photo by Thomas A. Meyer


Overview

Location

Marinette County. T34N-R17E, Section 11 NE¼NE¼. 37 acres.

Description

Description

Marinette County Beech Forest contains a beech-dominated northern mesic forest within a surrounding landscape of hemlock hardwood forest. The beech is present at its range limit in Wisconsin. The area has granite and greenstone bedrock overlain by glacial till from the Athelstane lobe of the Cary stage of Wisconsin glaciation. The soils are mildly podzolized sandy loams on rough to undulating topography. Forest dominants are beech, sugar maple, yellow birch, and hemlock. Groundlayer species include American starflower, sweet cicely, pyrolas, large-leaved aster, Canada mayflower, white baneberry, and large-flowered trillium. Nesting birds include broad-winged hawk, least flycatcher, hermit thrush, veery, red-eyed vireo, ovenbird, scarlet tanager and black-throated green and and black-throated blue warblers. Marinette County Beech Forest is owned by Marinette County and was designated a State Natural Area in 1967.

Access

Driving directions

From Wausaukee, go west on County Highway C 19 miles, then north on Goodman Parkway Road nearly 5 miles. The road bisects the natural area.

Ownership

Marinette County Beech Forest is owned by:

  • Marinette County

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