Kingston Pines (318/693)

Kingston Pines features northern dry to dry-mesic forests as well as bog/fen areas situated on a rolling, sandy moraine near the Kingston Flowage. Access to the site is via Cranberry Rd to 4th St SW, the latter becoming a two-track into the forest.  I recall pulling off into a clearing and then walking further into…

Hog Island Tamaracks (317/693)

Hog Island Tamaracks is much as it sounds, islands of tamaracks within a sea of wetlands, minus the hogs, of course.  This Wood County-owned natural area consists of three parcels arranged in a loose N-S line in southwestern Wood and northwestern Juneau Counties.  Though the DNR website does not note this, the western portion of…

Mead Conifer Bogs (295/686)

Mead Conifer Bogs includes northern wet forest, shrub-carr, and bog habitats spanning the intersection of 3 counties in central Wisconsin: Wood, Portage, and Marathon.  The larger eastern parcel spans the northwest corner of Portage County and crosses into south-central Marathon County while the smaller western parcel rests in the northeast corner of Wood County.  It is part…