Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine

Photo of natural area © Thomas A. Meyer

Towering white pines stand sentinel in the Kingston Pines State Natural Area in Juneau County.
© Thomas A. Meyer

August 2010

Wisconsin, naturally

Kingston Pines State Natural Area

Notable: Situated on the poorly drained, sandy soils of the bed of former Glacial Lake Wisconsin lies Kingston Pines, a mixed dry-mesic forest of white pine, red pine, Hillís oak and black oak. Some of the pine stands approach old growth status. Interspersed through the natural area are boggy wetlands. The rare Massachusetts fern, long sedge and other geographically restricted plants are found in wet pockets of the forest. Of special interest are the birds that reach the southern limits of their breeding range in Wisconsin, including northern raven, black-throated green warbler and hermit thrush.

How to get there: Within the Meadow Valley Wildlife Area in Juneau County. From the intersection of Highways H and 173 and 1st Avenue N (Cranberry Rd) in Mather, go north on 1st Avenue about 4.9 miles, then southeast on 4th Street W (Jim Standing Water Rd) about 0.6 mile to the NW corner of the site. The best pines lie another 0.4 mile south. See Kingston Pines for a map and more information.