- TNC purchased 362 acres of gently rolling coastal boreal forest surrounded by the Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands State Natural Area in Door County.
Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest - TNC purchased 362 acres of gently rolling coastal boreal forest surrounded by the Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands State Natural Area in Door County. © Kari Hagenow/TNC

Places We Protect

Baileys Harbor Boreal Forest and Wetlands

Wisconsin

Many birds depend on this habitat during the breeding season and as a stopover site where they can rest and feed during migration.

WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT

This 362-acre 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.

LOCATION

Northeast Wisconsin; in Door County northeast of Bailey's Harbor

CONDITIONS

This property does not have any maintained or marked trails on it.

WHY THE 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 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 THE CONSERVANCY HAS DONE/IS DOING

The Nature Conservancy purchased the 362-acre property in December 2017. When the land is designated as State Natural Area, it will almost double the size of this unique and diverse natural area. The acquisition also improved public access to the State Natural Area 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 Nature Conservancy 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.

WHAT TO SEE: PLANTS

This property is within the Door Peninsula Coastal Wetlands Ramsar site, a globally important wetland. Plants and plant communities you can see include:

  • Boreal forest habitat dominated by white spruce and balsam fir
  • Dwarf lake iris

WHAT TO SEE: ANIMALS

Many birds depend on this area during the breeding season and as a stopover site where they can rest and feed during migration. Birds you can see include:

  • Blackburnian warbler
  • Merlin
  • Red-shouldered hawk
  • Wood thrush
  • Yellow-bellied flycatcher
  • Bald eagles
  • Diving ducks including common goldeneye

Other animals you can see include:

  • Northern long-eared bat

PLAN YOUR VISIT

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