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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Spaulding Fen (No. 636)

Spaulding Fen

Photo by Josh Mayer

Resource links:

Jackson County Forest


Overview

Location

Within the Jackson County Forest, Jackson County. T21N-R1W, Sections 1, 6. T22N-R1W, Sections 31, 32. 479 acres.

Description

Description

Spaulding Fen features one of the least modified sedge fens found in the Central Sand Plains with nearly all others being modified through ditching, roads, or mossing. While mossing has occurred here, much of the site still retains its ecological integrity. Classified as a "central poor fen", this low nutrient, open peatland is dominated by sedges and contains a few scattered areas of tamarack stands. The most common species are few-seeded sedge (Carex oligosperma), tussock sedge (C. stricta), sphagnum mosses, hard-hack, and bluejoint grass. Other herbaceous plants include round-leaved sundew, blue-flag iris, bog rosemary, pitcher plant, rose pogonia, and grass pink. Common shrubs include bog birch and mountain holly. A few stunted paper birch, red maple, and white and jack pine are also present. Rare birds such as Henslow's sparrow, LeConte's sparrow, American bittern, and sharp-tailed grouse have nested here. Other birds include hermit thrush, warbling vireo, Nashville warbler, Connecticut warbler, and bobolink. Spaulding Fen is owned by Jackson County and was designated a State Natural Area in 2010.

Access

Driving directions

From Spaulding, go south on Spaulding Road 1.1 mile to State Highway 54. The fen lies south of the highway. Access is also provided from the west off Lone Pine Road by heading west on Highway 54 1.2 miles, then south on Lone Pine Road about 1.3 miles. Walk east into the fen.

Ownership

Spaulding Fen is owned by:

  • Jackson 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