Tall pines and sand blows compose the landscape at Arena Pines & Sand Barrens. It is a similar natural community to that present at Gotham Jack Pine Barrens just a few miles away. Here, however, the site does not have Wisconsin River frontage and its associated sand terraces. It is a rectangular parcel of land neighbored by a quarry on one side (just like the Gotham site). It is located on the north side of a T-intersection with parking just on the roadside. Overall, I found this site to be underwhelming. I found fewer open areas of sand which are the most interesting visual feature of a site like this. Toward the north end of the site are wetter ares, but nothing floralistically interesting was seen in that portion. Buttonweed (Diodia teres var. teres), a Special Concern species in Wisconsin can be found at this site, though I did not see it. Perhaps, it would be worth another visit if I was in the area again, but I wouldn’t make a destination out of it. Nearby, however, is the Arena boat landing which is a very good birding spot and has a decent display of spring ephemerals is a bottomland forest setting.
More of my photos from Arena Pines & Sand Barrens can be viewed here.
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Located Within||Lower Wisconsin State Riverway|
|Dates Visited||6.20.09 / 4.3.10|