Contact(s): Brooke Hushagen, 608-635-8121
POYNETTE, Wis. - Efforts to control invasive woody plants and restore a more native and healthy forest will result in some dramatic changes to a portion of Rowan Creek Fishery Area immediately west of the Village of Poynette.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources forestry staff have planned several phases of forestry activities for the property that includes some popular hiking trails. Some of those phases may require that the trails be closed temporarily on the DNR-owned portions of the property. The trails will be posted in several areas to protect the safety of the public users when crews are running machinery in the area.
Between now and mid-March 2019, a private contractor will be hired to cut down the extensive undergrowth of invasive plants throughout the property with a heavy-duty forestry mower. After the mowing is complete, the invasive plants will have the opportunity to re-sprout. These plants will then be treated with a prescribed and controlled amount of herbicide to inhibit their growth. This will enhance growing opportunities for native trees and vegetation. Non-native invasive plants grow more vigorously and choke out the native plants, eventually eliminating desirable species on the landscape. After the invasive species are brought under control, native tree seedlings will be planted in the mown areas to supplement natural forest regeneration.
The final phase includes a timber sale to help regenerate forest growth in the portion of the property where invasives were treated and to thin another area of the property. This harvest will improve the overall quality and health of the forested areas, according to Brooke Hushagen, DNR forestry technician at Poynette.
"While these operations will bring dramatic changes to the areas we all enjoy, they will help to ensure that diverse, healthy forests will be there for future generations of hikers and users of the Rowan Creek Fishery Area," Hushagen said.
For more information contact Bruce Henderson or Brooke Hushagen at the Poynette Ranger Station at 608-635-8121.