Location: Marinette County
Area Protected: 34.3 acres
Protection Strategy: Conservation Easement
This conservancy is bisected by the Little Wausaukee River, a class 1 trout stream which is home to native brook trout. The stream flows across the entire property with 1,400 feet of shoreline. The walls of the stream valley consist of remnant native white and red pine, some are 150 years old or more. The majority of the property was in agriculture until around 1940, at which time the fallow land was converted to spruce/pine plantation on the north side of the Little Wausaukee River. While these plantings were originally intended to be used as production forests, they are now considered more important for wildlife habitat and efforts have begun to diversify the plantings by thinning and encouraging additional native tree species.
The developing forest cover was enhanced and currently provides additional erosion protection for the stream. This is very important as the steep, sandy slopes along the river are highly erodible, potentially affecting the quality and livability of the stream for the native brook trout present. Rising from the Outwash Plain, this land exhibits the characteristic Moraine Knolls associated with the Wausaukee Outwash Plains Landscape.