A new wildlife conservation area will be dedicated Sept. 29 in Lac du Flambeau. The Northwoods Land Trust (NWLT) is hosting the event beginning at noon at the Lac du Flambeau Tribal Natural Resource Center.
Dedication of the Marshall Wildlife Conservation Area will take place on an observation pier overlooking the 96-acre property which was donated to the NWLT.
“The donor has enjoyed birding on this property for years, and wanted to make sure this site would remain as excellent wildlife habitat on into the future,” NWLT Executive Director Bryan Pierce said.
“This property certainly could have been developed, but the donor decided he would rather do something so he could ensure it would be there forever,” Pierce added. “We are very pleased that he chose the Northwoods Land Trust for his gift of this unique natural and outdoor recreational resource.”
The property overlooks a large beaver pond an wetland on Koernet Creek and includes over a mile of frontage on the stream. Trumpeter swans have attempted to nest on the beaver pond, and sandhill cranes, wood ducks, mallards and lots of other waterfowl have been observed from the wildlife observation pier.
Pierce said the upland areas are home to ovenbirds, chestnut-sided warblers, black-throated green warblers, red-eyed vireos, yellow-shafted flickers, ruffed grouse, woodcock and many other birds. Some super-canopy white pines have also provided alternate nesting sites for bald eagles. The property is bordered on the east by Lac du Flambeau tribal reservation land and to the west by the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest.
The new conservation property will be open to the public hiking, snowshoeing, hunting, fishing and trapping.
Anyone wishing to attend the event should call the NWLT office at 715-479-2490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org