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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Necedah Oak-Pine Savanna (No. 7)

Necedah Oak-Pine Savanna

Photo by Josh Mayer


Overview

Location

Within the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge, Juneau County. T19N-R2E, Section 12. 239 acres.

Description

Description

Necedah Oak-Pine Savanna, once part of Glacial Lake Wisconsin, is a flat to slightly rolling plain. Soils are Newton and Morocco sands without a diagnostic subsurface horizon and Au Gres sands formed over acid sands. The presettlement vegetation of this area was jack pine and oak barrens. The site has some barren openings but is mostly a closed forest of jack pine and Hill's oak. Within the openings are numerous prairie and barrens species including big and little blue-stem, Indian grass, rough blazing-star, wild lupine, and large patches of blueberries. Nesting birds are typical barrens-dry forest species including eastern bluebird, vesper, field and chipping sparrows, blue jays, rose-breasted grosbeak, rufous-sided towhee, ovenbird, and crested flycatcher. The area was originally established to restore pine barrens and as a comparison for the adjacent unburned forest. Management activities include controlled burning and brush removal to maintain savanna conditions. Necedah Oak-Pine Savanna is owned by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 1966.

Access

Driving directions

From the intersection of Highway 80 and 12th Avenue in Sprague, go west on 12th Avenue 0.1 mile, then south and west on 9th Street West 3.3 miles, then south on 12th Street West 0.25 mile to the northeast corner.

Ownership

Necedah Oak-Pine Savanna is owned by:

  • US Fish & Wildlife Service

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