The prairie/forest transition is clearly illustrated at this preserve. Tall grasses blend into oak savanna at the ecological interface. Beyond, visitors are led into a maple-basswood forest with a fully intact canopy, a vital habitat for forest song birds.
Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
Moe Woods represents a significant remnant of a mesic hardwood forest surrounded by a prairie. Very few deciduous forest sites of this size remain in this portion of the state.
What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
The Nature Conservancy purchased 120 disparate acres of the forest in 1971 from the Moe family, who purchased it from the government in the 1860s. Since then, TNC has purchased another 48 acres of adjacent properties, creating a preserve in two parcels: 120 acres in the north and 48 in the south. All of the forest has been logged and grazed at some point. Fifteen landowners have registered 406 acres with The Nature Conservancy, while promising not to damage or develop the forested acres surrounding the preserve.