Wisconsin State Natural Areas

 

I'm planning to start work on a POI file for Wisconsin's State Natural Areas which the Wisconsin DNR describes as "areas that protect outstanding examples of Wisconsin's native landscape of natural communities, significant geological formations and archeological sites." I didn't realize the scope of this project at the beginning but will still give it a try.

https://dnr.wi.gov/topic/Lands/NaturalAreas/

I will appreciate any suggestions, corrections, requests for early processing of your favorite county, etc. in this forum thread.

The POI file: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/50721

I've

only been to Kenosha and it seemed like a nice place. I know Snap On is headquarted there and I found it interesting one could buy bratwurst and cheese curds in a truck stop. Also for some reason, that was the first time I ever saw say a gas price of $1.599 and then it says with car wash. Maybe without $1.999.

There was a really good breakfast place maybe called Frank's there, it lived up to what we saw on Food Network...

Wisconsinites are from Mars, Chicagoans from Venus

johnnatash4 wrote:

I've only been to Kenosha and it seemed like a nice place. I know Snap On is headquarted there and I found it interesting one could buy bratwurst and cheese curds in a truck stop....

My subject is a book title, isn't it?

For those wondering, here is WI's Mars: https://www.marscheese.com/

Learn more from Charlie:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UConQeJRfaLwJ9LbXBS5nhxQ

For The Last 30 Years,

we have made the trip to Milwaukee for the Irish Fest, held on the 3rd weekend of August at Henry Maier Park in Downtown Milwaukee, right on the lake. One of our must stops in Kenosha on the way home is the Mars Cheese Castle. When we first started going back in 1990, it was a little hole in the wall. Now, it has expanded into a major supermarket type of place.

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I vote for CraigW for next week's COW. He has been putting a lot of effort into this POI file with frequent updates, along with all of his other valuable contributions to POI Factory. Thanks Craig!

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Things are progressing

I may be halfway through the state by now.

I do have a question for any Wisconsinite living or having visited up in the Northwoods around Oconto County. The county has a SNA called Priest Rock but there's no information provided. I've found several great images from the top of Priest Rock through a Google search but Google is amazingly missing information on its location. If anyone can help, I'd love to hear from you.

From what I've found so far, it's in Oconto County and probably in the Lakewood Ranger District of the USDA's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and possibly near one of the Forest Service campgrounds.

Completed - sort of

Well, it's pretty much done so updates will be less frequent and will include corrections, additional or better parking locations, new SNAs, and if I can find its location, the one SNA that is named in the state SNA web sites but with no information.

The 692 sites have 766 entries in the file which is because, in some of the interesting and larger SNAs, I've added more than one POI location.

Bong

I can't believe it. It looks like you forgot to list "Richard Bong State Recreation Area".
https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/richardbong
https://bluebirdofbitterness.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/bon...

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SNAs

ddeerrff wrote:

I can't believe it. It looks like you forgot to list "Richard Bong State Recreation Area".
https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/parks/richardbong
https://bluebirdofbitterness.files.wordpress.com/2018/03/bong1-e1520115213492.jpg?w=450&h=286

Well, SNAs are being added every now and then. I suggest you contact the SNA folks within the DNR:

https://dnr.wisconsin.gov/topic/Lands/NaturalAreas/program.h...

explaining how the area or even a small portion within the area meets the requirements to be a State Natural Area.

Once I find that new SNAs are designated, they'll appear in the POI file.

Thanks for checking out the file.

Found

CraigW wrote:

I do have a question for any Wisconsinite living or having visited up in the Northwoods around Oconto County. The county has a SNA called Priest Rock but there's no information provided. I've found several great images from the top of Priest Rock through a Google search but Google is amazingly missing information on its location. If anyone can help, I'd love to hear from you.

From what I've found so far, it's in Oconto County and probably in the Lakewood Ranger District of the USDA's Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest and possibly near one of the Forest Service campgrounds.

Aha, found it! I now have added Priest Rock to the POI file. It's south of the town of Mountain, WI.

Given the internet and Google, etc., this was a shockingly difficult search and required a significant amount of sleuthing and sheer luck.

Unfortunately, I have marked only the actual rock outcrop so a vehicle parking and trail location will have to wait until someone attempts the climb and offers advice on trail vs. bushwhacking and where to park for the climb.

Bong

With all the natural prairie land, wetlands, and migratory bird nesting areas, I'm surprised it didn't make the list.

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