LTC Old Growth Forest is a small remnant of old-growth northern mesic forest located on the campus of Lakeshore Technical College in Manitowoc County. The campus entrance is approximately 1/2 mile east of I-43 on CTH XX. Park in the North parking area and walk east into the natural area. Trails wind through the site.
The forest comprising this natural area is small, but impressive in nature (pun intended!). Tree species present include sugar maple, white pine, black cherry, basswood, ironwood, American beech (near the western edge of its range in the United States), green ash, white, birch, yellow birch, musclewood, red oak, and bur oak. The groundlayer is rich with ephemerals including bluebead lily, spring beauty, dutchman’s breeches, and trout lily in the spring and various goldenrods and asters in the fall. Centerville Creek passes through the southern portion of the forest. All in all, this is a beautiful remnant old-growth forest surrounded by the LTC campus. At the time of my visit, it was a very new SNA and it is great to see that the college is excited about this great piece of land that they own and that they are committed to protecting it.
More of my photos (and full-res) from LTC Old Growth Forest can be viewed here.
|Natural Communities / Geology||Northern Mesic Forest|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||Wisconsin DNR; More info: Trail Guide (PDF)|