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Ansul Patterned Dunes

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Counties: Marinette


Ansul Patterned Dunes, city of Marinette. 8 Nov. 2000. Photograph, E.J. Judziewicz

Site Description

Ansul Patterned Dunes is an isolated, privately owned site located just outside of the City of Marinette in the southeastern Marinette County. The site's main features are the relict dune ridges that remain from the former shoreline of Glacial Lake Nipissing. The dunes are now stabilized by Hill's oak and jack pine forest (with white birch and red maple). Low dry sandy ridges, ephemeral ponds and sloughs are found between the dunes. Wetland plants including cattails, grasses, sedges and scattered shrubs occur in the open ephemeral ponds, which show as patterned vegetation on aerial photos. Disturbance by off-road vehicles may be a problem, and residential development has encroached on the site's natural features.

Additional Comments

This site is now quite isolated by development, fragmented by roads, and has been subject to disturbances such as logging and fire suppression, thereby reducing its integrity.

Text describing this site was published previously in a 2002 DNR publication entitled “A Data Compilation and Assessment of Coastal Wetlands of Wisconsin’s Great Lakes” by E.J. Epstein, A. Galvin and W.A. Smith.

NOAA logo Wisconsin Coastal Management Program logo This project was funded by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act.

Last revised: Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:21:12 CDT