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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Weir White Oaks (No. 347)

Weir White Oaks

Photo by Josh Mayer



Lafayette County. T1N-R5E, Section 9. 52 acres.



Weir White Oaks features an excellent example of old-growth southern dry-mesic forest dominated by abundant large white oaks with red oak, basswood, sugar maple, and white ash. Also present is butternut (Juglans cinerea) a species of concern in Wisconsin, black walnut, eastern hop-hornbeam, and hackberry. Located on the east side of the Pecatonica River within what was historically a larger prairie matrix, the river protected the grove from the prairie fires that swept across the landscape from west to east. The grove has not been grazed and contains a diverse, well-structured understory dominated by native species. Shrubs include alternate-leaved dogwood, common winterberry, nannyberry, and arrow-wood. The extremely rich herbaceous flora includes showy orchis, sweet cicely, blue cohosh, Jacob's-ladder, hairy wood-mint, and clustered black snakeroot. Sugar maple reproduction is present in the eastern section of woods but absent to the west. Wier White Oaks is privately owned and was designated a State Natural Area in 2002.


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This site is privately owned and is open for research and educational use only. Please contact the SNA Program for more information.


Weir White Oaks is owned by:

  • Private
Last revised: Monday, March 27, 2023