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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program LTC Old-Growth Forest (No. 653)

LTC Old-Growth Forest

Photo by LTC

Resource links:

Lakeshore Technical College


Overview

Location

On the campus of Lakeshore Technical College, Manitowoc County. T17N-R23E, Section 21. Parts of NE 1/4 SW 1/4 and NW 1/4 SE 1/4. 25 acres.

Description

Description

LTC Old Growth Forest protects a small remnant of old-growth northern mesic forest on the Cleveland campus of Lakeshore Technical College. Centerville Creek flows through the property from west to east and divides the property in two pieces. The northern half of the site is dominated by sugar maple and American beech ranging in size from 24" to 38" d.b.h., with white ash, yellow birch, basswood, green ash, and red oak occurring occasionally. Tip-up mounds and course woody debris are common, with many downfalls exceeding 24" d.b.h. The ground flora is lush with spring ephemerals, dominant species include; wild leek, spring beauty, blood root, blue cohosh, with large-flowered trillium, large-flowered bellwort, May apple, wild geranium, early meadow rue, and nodding trillium scattered throughout the site. Common shrubs include elderberry, gooseberry, and chokecherry. The southern part of the site is situated in the floodplain of Centerville Creek and contains several prominent oxbows and ephemeral vernal pools. The diameter of the trees is a little smaller, with most falling into the 20" to 28" d.b.h. range. Sugar maple and American beech are dominant canopy species, with red oak, basswood, and white ash being co-dominant. Common spring ephemerals include wild ginger, skunk cabbage, Virginia waterleaf, and cut-leaved toothwort. LTC Old-Growth Forest is owned by the Lakeshore Technical College and was designated a State Natural Area in 2011.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Interstate 43 and CTH XX west of Cleveland, go east on XX 0.5 mile to the Student/Campus entrance. Park in the North Lot and walk east into the natural area. The Hetzel Nature Trail provides access to the site. Visit LTC's Old Growth forest web page [exit DNR] to download an interpretive trail guide.

Ownership

LTC Old-Growth Forest is owned by:

  • Lakeshore Technical College

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

The College shall recognize the designation of LTC Old-Growth Forest as a State Natural Area and provide, to the best of its ability, ongoing stewardship for the natural values of LTC Old-Growth Forest State Natural Area in accordance with a land management plan prepared jointly by the College and the Department.

Management approach

The College and the Department shall monitor the ecological status and human uses of LTC Old-Growth Forest State Natural Area and take those actions necessary to assure the lasting protection of its natural values.

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