Finnerud Pine Forest encompasses an old-growth red pine forest, bog, and lake shoreline. The site is owned by the University of Wisconsin System via the Board of Regents and is managed by the UW Arboretum. Visits require advanced permission.
I am grateful to the UW Arboretum for allowing me to visit the several natural areas that they own. On this day, I visited Finnerud Pine Forest, one of the few remaining places in the state to contain a large stand of old-growth red pine. Located on rolling topography, the trees seemed to ebb and flow above the undulations. Cheerful squirrels played on the branches above while I kept a watchful eye for bears below (though none were seen on this day). The groundlayer is fairly sparse as you would expect for a pine-heavy forest. I would not mind another visit to the site and am thinking that winter would be particularly beautiful here. Additionally, a sphagnum bog is found on the site, the siren call of which still sounds.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Finnerud Pine Forest can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Pine Forest, Bog, Lake|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||UW Board of Regents; More info: Wisconsin DNR|
|Location not disclosed|