Necedah Oak-Pine Forest is described as featuring an almost-closed forest, but more closely resembles a savanna. Located approximately 5 miles southeast of Necedah Oak-Pine Savanna, this site can be reached by taking Speedway Road east 3/4 mile from STH 80. The site is found at the intersection of Speedway Road and 10th Avenue, both gravel roads, and parking is simply on the roadside. Traffic is low-volume here, but be on the lookout for a decent amount of ATV traffic.
Right from the start, I will say that I need to revisit this site. Upon my arrival, it was quite apparent that this natural area had recently been subject to a prescribed burn. The groundlayer was largelyabsent, with only scattered sedges above the burnt crust of soil and the occasional bird’s-foot violet and false solomon’s seal. Downed tree limbs, scorched trunks, and cut stumps were abundant as well. The highlight of this trip was the lovely and cooperative singing Baltimore oriole that provided a bright sight and beautiful melody on this otherwise incessantly gray day. I hope to return here in the future and I hope this natural area will show the fruits of the restoration labor.
More of my photos (and full-res) from Necedah Oak-Pine Forest can be viewed here.
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|Natural Communities / Geology||Barrens, Northern Dry Forest|
|Easy to Find||Yes|
|Best Seen By||Foot|
|Ownership||US Fish & Wildlife Service;
More info: Wisconsin DNR