WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT
This property is part of the Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands landscape where northern plants, animals and forests can thrive far south of where they are normally found. It is home to migratory songbirds like the Blackburnian warbler and other wildlife.
WHY THE NATURE CONSERVANCY SELECTED THIS SITE
The property, which is part of the Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands landscape, is within the Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands Ramsar site, a globally important wetland. The large size of the property, coupled with the already protected lands at Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands State Natural Area (SNA) provide a large expanse of good quality habitat required by some birds and mammals. It’s great breeding and migratory stopover habitat for birds. It will also help promote the recovery of federally-threatened species like the dwarf lake iris and possibly, the northern long-eared bat. The property also provides public access for outdoor recreational opportunities.
WHAT TNC HAS DONE/IS DOING
TNC purchased the property in December 2017. When the land is designated as an SNA, it will almost double the size of this unique and diverse natural area. The acquisition also improved public access to the SNA by connecting formerly-isolated parcels of land. Funding for the acquisition was provided by a grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a grant from Wisconsin’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and donations from TNC supporters.
The property is open to the public for walking, wildlife and bird watching, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The land is also open for hunting and trapping in accordance with state laws.