Oak Barrens Restoration at Quincy Bluffs State Natural Area

Project Description

Nature Conservancy staff and volunteers, together with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staff, are working to restore these barrens communities. Management has included timber harvest, prescribed fire, seeding of former agricultural fields to prairie, and salvage logging following tornado disturbance. Detailed maps and management histories are available under Project Documents.

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Adams County, WI
Project Size:
  • 1043.96 acres

Project Sites

  • 2006 Wildfire
  • DNR 13th Drive Barrens: Timber Sale, Tornado, Salvage Logging, Prescribed Fire
  • DNR 14th Court Barrens: Timber Sale, Tornado, Salvage Logging, Prescribed Fire, Chemical Brush Control
  • DNR Lone Rock Barrens: Tornado, Salvage Logging, Prescribed Fire
  • TNC Unit 1: Restored Agricultural Field, Oak/Jack Pine Barrens, Prescribed Fire
  • TNC Unit 10: Restored Prairie, Seeding and Prescribed Fire
  • TNC Unit 11: Oak/Jack Pine Barrens, Timber Harvest and Prescribed Fire
  • TNC Unit 12: Oak/Jack Pine Barrens, Timber Harvest and Growing Season Prescribed Fire
  • TNC Unit 2: Restored Agricultural Field, Oak/Jack Pine Barrens, Prescribed Fire
  • TNC Unit 3: Unlogged, Prescribed Fire Only, Closed Canopy Oak Barrens
  • TNC Unit 4: Unlogged, Prescribed Fire Only, Closed Canopy Oak Barrens
  • TNC Unit 5: Tornado and Oak Wilt in Semi Open Oak Barrens, Restored Grassland, Prescribed Fire
  • TNC Unit 6: Restored Grassland and Oak-Jack Pine Barrens. Timber Harvest and Prescribed Fire.
  • TNC Unit 7: Oak Barrens, Timber Harvest, Tornado, Salvage Logging, Prescribed Fire
  • TNC Unit 8: Oak/Jack Pine Barrens, Timber Harvest, Tornado, Salvage Logging, Prescribed Fire
  • TNC Unit 9: Restored Prairie, Seeding and Prescribed Fire

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission

Consistent With Plans:

  • Nature Conservancy Ecoregional Plan
  • State Wildlife Action Plan

Targeted Habitats:

  • Forests and Woodlands
    • Deciduous Forests and Woodlands
      • North-Central Interior Dry Oak Forest and Woodland
    • Mixed Hardwoods and Conifer
      • Laurentian Pine-Oak Barrens

Targeted Species:

  • Red-headed Woodpecker Melanerpes erythrocephalus

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Conduct prescribed burns Ongoing Management 1982 --
Control invasive plants Ongoing Management 1982 --

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities
Nielsen, S., C. Kirschbaum, and A. Haney. 2003. Restoration of midwest oak barrens: structural manipulation or process-only? Conservation Ecology 7(2): 10. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol7/iss2/art10/ Pierce, Ann M. The herbaceous understory response of a degraded oak savanna to prescribed burning. 1994 Proceedings - North American Conference on Savannas and Barrens http://www.epa.gov/ecopage/upland/oak/oak94/Proceedings/Pierce.html

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Unaffiliated

Managing Organization

The Nature Conservancy
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Tallgrass Prairie & Oak Savanna Fire Science Consortium
www.tposfirescience.org
Website

General Information

Project #: 197126
Last Updated: March 20, 2013

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