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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Highway K Woods (No. 658)


Overview

Location

Within Navarino Wildlife Area, Shawano County. T25N-R16E, Sections 17, 18. 32 acres.

Description

Description

Highway K Woods supports a second-growth northern dry-mesic forest situated on narrow, sandy ridges and knolls just east of the Wolf River. The canopy is dominated by white and red pine with some of the largest trees between 20 and 40 inches in diameter. Canopy associates include aspen, paper birch, red maple, and oaks (bur, white, red, Hill's). The shrub layer is comprised of hazelnut, blueberry, huckleberry, maple-leaved Viburnum and witch-hazel. Characteristic herbaceous species include partridgeberry, wild sarsaparilla, Canada mayflower, American starflower, big-leaf aster, Pennsylvania sedge, and bracken fern. Indian cucumber-root, a species of special concern, is also found here. Birds include least flycatcher, great-crested flycatcher, wood thrush, blackburnian warbler, pine warbler, cerulean warbler, ovenbird, scarlet tanager, and rose-breasted grosbeak. Highway K Woods is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2012.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of County T and McDonald Road in the Town of Lunds, go south on McDonald Road 1.5 miles, then west on S. Townline Road 1.25 miles, then south on County K 3 miles to the west edge of the site.

Ownership

Highway K Woods 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

Protect a functioning Northern Dry-mesic Forest with little disturbance and nearly free of invasive species.

Management approach

Allow old-growth characteristics to develop primarily through passive techniques.

Management

Management objectives and prescriptions

  • Limit active management to control of invasive exotic species.
  • In the event of a blowdown toppling more thatn one-third of the canopy trees, a salvage operation may be considered to enhance the potential for oak regeneration.

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