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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Kinnickinnic Wet Prairie (No. 583)

Kinnickinnic Wet Prairie

Photo by Josh Mayer


Overview

Location

Within the Western Prairie Habitat Restoration Area, St. Croix County. T28N-R17W, Section 19. 43 acres.

Description

Description

Kinnickinnic Wet Prairie supports many native prairie plants that have persisted despite having been grazed in the past. Most of the surviving species are characteristic wet prairie indicators with the majority being forbs (flowering plants) that survived years of grazing pressure. Wet prairies were once common throughout this Ecological Landscape but none remain today. This site supports the most remnant species, and has the right soils and moisture content making it the best candidate for restoration. Active interseeding of grasses and other species will be needed in order to preserve this site and restore its species composition for future generations to enjoy. Numerous springs and seeps are also present. These provided a barrier to the cattle and may have served to protect the prairie. Sedge meadow and cattail marsh surround the prairie and contain less conservative species but are none-the-less high quality examples of these natural community types. Several seeps and springs flow into Parker Creek, a tributary of the Kinnickinnic River. Kinnickinnic Wet Prairie is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2008.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of County M and State Highways 35/65 in River Falls, go east on M 5.4 miles, then north on County W 2 miles. Park and walk east into the site.

Ownership

Kinnickinnic Wet Prairie 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 wet prairie restoration site and a wetland protection area. Natural processes and prescribed fire will determine the structure of the prairie and associated wetlands. Provide opportunities for research and education on the high quality native wet prairie restoration.

Management approach

The native dominant wet prairie forbs form the basis for a wet prairie restoration. Some tree and shrub control via brushing or fire may be needed to mimic natural disturbance patterns. Occasional native fire-tolerant shrubs may be retained at low densities. Augmentation of the ground layer will only add species that historically would have been found on the site, especially grasses, using seeds or plugs from local genetic material; this usually occurs in the early stages of restoration. Other allowable activities include control of invasive plants and animals, augmentation of native prairie species after careful review, maintenance of existing facilities, 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