Browntown Oak Forest, SNA #23 (66/674)

Browntown Oak Forest features southern dry and southern dry-mesic forests along a sandstone ridge within Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area.  It is easy to find and reach this site with a large parking area located near the southeast corner of the SNA on Allen Road.

My first visit to this site was in mid-October.  As I got out of the car, I saw a hunter further ahead on the access lane and immediately decided that this visit would be a quick one.  I mainly stayed near the eastern edge and the road so as to not be in danger.  I returned the following summer, notably not during hunting season, and explored the forest more.  Nothing spectacular was note, but that may not be surprising for a mid-summer visit to a closed canopy forest.  If I have the time, I would like to return to this site in mid-May to how the ephemerals are.  The DNR notes that along with the increased maple production, the increased ephemerals signify a shift toward a more mesic forest.

More of my photos (and full-res) from Browntown Oak Forest can be viewed here.

Additional Information

SNA # 23
County Green
Natural Communities / Geology
 Southern Dry Forest, Southern Dry-Mesic Forest
Size (Acres) 40
Parking Parking area (gravel)
Trails No
Easy to Find Yes
Best Seen By Foot
Marked Boundaries Yes
Ownership Wisconsin DNR
Located Within Cadiz Springs State Recreation Area
Dates Visited 10.17.09 / 7.11.10


Green County

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