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Governor Nelson State Park Nature

Gray striped owl
A barred owl is among the many birds that visit or live in the park.
DNR Photo

The landscape of southern Wisconsin was once dominated by prairies and oak savannas. Efforts are underway to restore this complex ecosystem of plants and animals to the park. Restoration work is being concentrated in the open grass and marsh areas of the park, but some work is also occurring in the woods. It is a time-consuming process that will take many years and is being carried out by park staff and volunteers. Once established, these areas will give park visitors a glimpse of Wisconsin's past that few have ever seen.

The park is a wildlife refuge. All animals and plants are protected. Please don't destroy the vegetation, leave it for others to enjoy.

Last revised: Wednesday May 09 2012