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Monday, January 29 • 2:00pm - 2:20pm
SYMPOSIA-04: Collaboration Turns Pine Plantations into Pine/Oak Barrens in a Critical Landscape for Birds

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AUTHORS. Nancy Christel, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources

ABSTRACT. This is a success story about acquiring and managing a globally rare habitat type, providing significant benefits to multiple bird species in a Wisconsin Important Bird Area. The Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area (NBWA) is a 6,500-acre pine/oak barrens habitat in the northwest sands ecological landscape in Wisconsin. Most of the land was acquired through a land trade with Burnett County Forestry Department, after leasing and managing the land as barrens habitat for several decades. The Conservation Fund, understanding the importance of pine/oak barrens, purchased 1,400 acres from Lyme Timber Management Company and donated it to the state to become part of the NBWA. Through a collaborative effort with forestry, fire control and many others, wildlife management has been successfully restoring various stages of pine plantations to native pine/oak barrens habitat, using timber sales and prescribed burning. This property is home to Wisconsin’s largest population of sharp-tailed grouse, upland sandpipers and many other open landscape loving species.

Monday January 29, 2018 2:00pm - 2:20pm CST
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