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Sean Mercier

on 15 April 2010

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Transcript of PINEBARRENS

PINE BARRENS The most common trees are the Jack Pine, Red Pine, Pitch Pine, Blackjack Oak, and Scrub Oak; a scattering of larger Oaks is not unusual. The Northwest Wisconsin Pine Barrens is an important region for commercial forestry, biodiversity protection and recreation. The ground is covered with grasses, sedges, and forbs, many of them common in dry prairies. Plants of the heath family, such as blueberries and bearberry, and shrubs such as prairie willow and hazelnut are common. These species have adaptations that permit them to survive or regenerate well after fire. The scattered trees or groves have openings in which shrubs such as hazelnuts sand cherry, and prairie willow are prominent, along with prairie grasses. Other characteristic plants include dry sand prairie species such as june grass, little bluestem, silky and azure asters, lupine, blazing-stars, and western sunflower.
Because of past logging, frequent fires, and an absence of seed source, the pines have been virtually eliminated and oak sprouts and shrubs are now the dominant woody species.
The pine barrens community occurs on landforms that include outwash plains, glacial lakeplains, and broad sandy terraces. The soil is almost always dry and sandy, and is low in nutrients The Gotham Jack Pine Barrens is located on the Wisconsin River sand terraces in Richland County. Itcontains the largest and best remaining black oak and Jack pine barrens in Richland County. Gotham Jack Pine Barrens is owned by the DNR and was designated a State Natural Area in 1994.
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