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Wisconsin State Natural Areas Program Borst Valley Sedge Meadow (No. 624)

Borst Valley Sedge Meadow

Photo by Aaron Carlson



Within the Borst Valley Wildlife Area, Trempealeau County. T23N-R9W, Section 20. 21 acres.



Borst Valley Sedge Meadow features a Driftless Area sedge meadow lying in the Sunshine Valley portion of the Borst Valley Wildlife Area. Numerous seeps help maintain this community and probably helped limit past grazing to extremely dry conditions. Site diversity is good especially for being within the Driftless Area where sedge meadows are relatively uncommon. Sedge species are abundant and include lake, water, fringed, inland, tussock, and wolf sedge. Other species present are bulblet water-hemlock, crested wood fern, cinnamon willow-herb, boneset, bottled gentian, fowl manna grass, jewelweed, marsh vetchling, swamp candles, sensitive fern, marsh cinquefoil, cordgrass, marsh fern, and culver's root. Borst Valley Sedge Meadow is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 2010.


Driving directions

From the intersection of Highways 93 and 121 in Independence, go north on 93 3.2 miles, then west on State Highway 121 3.7 miles, then north on County V 2 miles, then northwest on Engum Valley Road nearly 0.6 miles to a DNR parking area west of the road.


Borst Valley Sedge Meadow is owned by:

  • WDNR


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.

The data shown on these maps have been obtained from various sources, and are of varying age, reliability, and resolution. The data may contain errors or omissions and should not be interpreted as a legal representation of legal ownership boundaries.


Very few State Natural Areas have public facilities, but nearly all are open for a variety of recreational activities as indicated below. Generally, there are no picnic areas, restrooms, or other developments. Parking lots or designated parking areas are noted on individual SNA pages and maps. Trails, if present, are typically undesignated footpaths. If a developed trail is present, it will normally be noted on the SNA map and/or under the "Access" tab. A compass and topographic map or a GPS unit are useful tools for exploring larger, isolated SNAs.

Allowable activities

In general, the activities listed below are allowed on all DNR-owned SNA lands. Exceptions to this list of public uses, such as SNAs closed to hunting, are noted under the "Access" tab above and posted with signs on site.

  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • Cross country skiing
  • Hunting
  • Trapping

Prohibited activities

  • Camping and campfires
  • Collecting of animals (other than legally harvested species), non-edible fungi, rocks, minerals, fossils, archaeological artifacts, soil, downed wood, or any other natural material, alive or dead. Collecting for scientific research requires a permit issued by the DNR
  • Collecting of plants including seeds, roots or other non-edible parts of herbaceous plants such as wildflowers or grasses
  • Geocaching
  • Horseback riding
  • Rock climbing
  • Vehicles, including bicycles, ATVs, aircraft, and snowmobiles except on trails and roadways designated for their use

For rules governing state-owned SNAs and other state lands, please consult Chapter NR 45 Wis. Admin. Code [exit DNR]

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Last revised: Monday, June 10, 2019