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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Hedmark Pines (No. 453)

Hedmark Pines

Photo by U.S. Forest Service



Within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Florence County. T38N-R15E, Sections 13, 14, 15, 22, 23, 24; T38N-R16E, Sections 18, 19. 805 acres.



The highlight of Hedmark Pines is the natural origin pine occurring along the Popple River with most late successional stands containing a canopy of pure red pine. Super-canopy pines are found within younger forest. The groundlayer has abundant pine needles and a relatively sparse vegetation of bracken fern, Canada mayflower, twinflower, early low blueberry, partridge berry, and cow wheat. Three included small watersheds along the Popple River contain examples of northern sedge meadow, alder thicket, shrub-carr, and open bog communities. A rare plant is found within the complex. Also present is a quality jack pine stand, which contains an interesting groundlayer with Cladonia, nodding lady's tresses, and pale panic grass. The complex also contains approximately three miles of the Popple River. Riparian areas along the river include both open northern sedge meadow and narrow floodplain forest with occasional silver maple and green ash. All streams within the complex include both submerged and emergent aquatic communities. Hedmark Pines is owned by the US Forest Service and was designated a State Natural Area in 2007.


Driving directions

This site occurs approximately 7 miles east and 2 miles north of Newald, Wisconsin. The complex includes about 2 to 3 miles of the Popple River. The site is accessible from Highway 139 and Forest Roads 2159B, 2217, 2398, and 2834.


Hedmark Pines is owned by:

  • US Forest Service


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.

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Non-DNR lands

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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 "Resources" 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: Monday, March 27, 2023