Sunday, February 7, 2010

Wisconsin's state natural areas - special places

If you are planning your trips within Wisconsin this year, be sure to visit some of our State Natural Areas - the gems of our state system. These photos are from one of my favorites: Toft Point, in Door County. Toft Point is a large area (686 acres), described as follows: "wooded with a mesic forest of sugar maple, yellow birch, hemlock, balsam fir, and scattered white pine. To the north, along Moonlight Bay, is an extensive calcareous sedge meadow that grades into shrub-carr and wet-mesic forest dominated by white cedar with occasional paper birch and black ash. Pockets of tamarack swamp and alder thicket are imbedded in the wetland. " To learn more about the State Natural Areas system, go to this link.

1 comment:

Katie Beilfuss said...

Toft Point is a wonderful place. Its importance was recognized recently when it was designated a "Wetland Gem" by the Wisconsin Wetlands Association in 2009. one hundred Wetland Gems -- high-quality sites representing the diversity and beauty of Wisconsin's wetlands -- were designated in the state of Wisconsin. Toft Point is included in the "Moonlight Bay and Connected Wetlands" Wetland Gem site. Four other Door County wetlands were similarly designated. For information about Wisconsin's Wetland Gems, including a one-page fact sheet for each site, visit