Watershed - West Branch Wolf River (WR17)
West Branch Wolf River Watershed

Details

The West Branch Wolf River Watershed includes the portion of the Wolf River from the Shawano Dam in the City of Shawano to near the mouth of the Evergreen River in Menominee County. This watershed includes much of the Menominee Reservation. An increasing amount of cleared land for dairy and other agriculture is evident in the Langlade County portion, while the Menominee Reservation remains predominantly wooded or wild. Nearly all streams in this watershed are classified as trout waters. U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has written a report on the water quality of the Menominee Indian Reservation of Wisconsin.

Date  2001

Ecological Landscapes for West Branch Wolf River Watershed

Ecological Landscapes

The West Branch Wolf River Watershed is primarily located in the Forest Transition Ecological Landscape which lies along the northern border of Wisconsin's Tension Zone, through the central and western part of the state, and supports both northern forests and agricultural areas. The central portion of the Forest Transition lies primarily on a glacial till plain deposited by glaciation between 25,000 and 790,000 years ago. The eastern and western portions are on moraines of the Wisconsin glaciation. The growing season in this part of the state is long enough that agriculture is viable, although climatic conditions are not as favorable as in southern Wisconsin. Soils are diverse, ranging from sandy loam to loam or shallow silt loam, and from poorly drained to well drained. The historic vegetation of the Forest Transition was primarily northern hardwood forest. These northern hardwoods were dominated by sugar maple and hemlock, and contained some yellow birch, red pine and white pine. Currently, over 60% of this Ecological Landscape is non-forested. Forested areas consist primarily of northern hardwoods and aspen, with smaller amounts of oak and lowland hardwoods. The eastern portion of the Ecological Landscape differs from the rest of the area in that it remains primarily forested, and includes some ecologically significant areas. Throughout the Ecological Landscape, small areas of conifer swamp are found near the headwaters of streams, and associated with lakes in kettle depressions on moraines. Ground flora show characteristics of both northern and southern Wisconsin, as this Ecological Landscape lies along the Tension Zone.

Date  2010

Watershed Documents
Watershed Grants
Grant Details
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Date
2/15/2015
Waters Involved
Big Lake
Status
Complete

Big Lake Property Owners Association: Big Lake Clean Boats Clean Waters Project 2015: will sponsor a Clean Boats Clean Water landing inspection program at 1 public access in 2015


Grant Details
Clean Boats, Clean Waters
Date
2/15/2016
Waters Involved
Big Lake
Status
Complete

Big Lake Property Owners Association: Big Lake Property Owners Association 2016 Clean Boats Clean Waters: The Big Lake Property Owners Association is sponsoring a Clean Boats Clean Waters project in 2016 at one public boat landing on Big Lake.


Grant Details
Large Scale Lake Planning
Date
10/1/1996
Waters Involved
Wolf River
Status
Complete

Wolf River Preservation Association: Wolf River Watershed Management Planning - Phase 2: The Wolf River Preservation Association proposes to continue watershed management planning activities. Phase 2 project activities include continuing water quality monitoring, conducting a recreational use survey, continuing to assess erosional areas, continuing to identify exotic species, and preparation of a report summarizing the data collected and analyses performed. The sponsor will provide the Department of Natural Resources with both a paper copy and an electronic copy of the report. Information about the results of phase 2 activities will be disseminated to the public by newsletter, fact sheet, public meeting, and local newspaper article.


Grant Details
River Planning Grant
Date
7/1/2006
Waters Involved
Wolf River
Status
Complete

Waupaca Co. Natural Resources Foundation: Wolf River Conservation Alliance Organization Development: The Waupaca County Natural Resources Foundation proposes to organize the Wolf River Conservation Alliance. The Alliance will be a coalition of non-governmental organizations with interests in land conservation, habitat restoration, and environmental education related to protecting and improving the health of the Wolf River and protecting and restoring land in the areas known as the Wolf River Bottomlands. Specifically, the organization will conduct a formal organizational assessment, assist in local strategy development by supporting the development of a citizen-led site conservation planning process, and finally, develop a sustainable leadership structure in order to establish a method of operation for the Alliance. The project elements and deliverables will be completed as described in the project proposal submitted to the Department and dated May 1, 2006.


Monitoring & Projects

Projects including grants, restoration work and studies shown below have occurred in this watershed. Click the links below to read through the text. While these are not an exhaustive list of activities, they provide insight into the management activities happening in this watershed.

Grants and Management Projects
West Branch Wolf River Watershed
Watershed Recommendations
TMDL Development
Fox Wolf TMDL
Date
Status
Fox Wolf TMDL
8/5/2014
In Progress
 
West Branch Wolf River WatershedWatershed History Note