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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairie (No. 654)

Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairie

Photo by Rich Henderson

Resource links:

The Prairie Enthusiasts


Overview

Location

Dane County. T6N-R12E, Section 15. 41 acres.

Description

Description

Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairie contains 13 acres of upland prairie remnants with 106 native plant species that are on two northeast to southwest-oriented glacially sculpted ridges (drumlins). Also present are 27 acres planted to cool-season grass that are entered into the Natural Resource Conservation Service's Conservation Reserve Program. The tract is located in the middle of what once was a 7,000 acre treeless prairie. The drumlins are composed of glacial till, including deposits of sand and gravel, making for a blend of dry, dry-mesic, and even a few small pockets of mesic prairie of varying soil pH. In late summer, Smith Drumlin Prairie has massive displays of dwarf and rough blazing star. There are also populations of rattlesnake master, compass plant, rosinweed, and prairie lily. The site is used by grassland birds of Greatest Conservation Need such as grasshopper sparrows, eastern meadowlarks, bobolinks, and dickcissels. Eight species of prairie-specialist leaf hoppers are known from the site, including Memnonia panzeri, a Species of Greatest Conservation Need that feeds exclusively on prairie dropseed.

In 2000, The Prairie Enthusiasts began management (removal of invasive/woody species and prescribed burning) of the prairie under an agreement with the landowner, Pyhillis Smith. In 2003, Shirley Ellis, local conservationist, discovered 5 plants of the federally-threatened prairie bush-clover (Lespedeza leptostachya). By 2010 the prairie bush clover population had increased to 113 plants. The Prairie Enthusiasts purchased Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairie in 2011. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided funding to help acquire the site as part of the federal prairie bush clover recovery effort. The site was designated a State Natural Area in 2011.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Highway 12/18 and Highway 73 go south on Highway 73 for 1.5 miles, then east on County Highway PQ for 1 mile, then south on Clear View Road for 0.5 mile. Park along Clear View Road and walk west .25 mile on an old farm lane into the natural area.

Ownership

Smith-Reiner Drumlin Prairie is owned by:

  • The Prairie Enthusiasts

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