Island Lake Hemlocks State Natural Area features one of the oldest old-growth hemlock-hardwood stands in northern Wisconsin. Although small, the 10-acre upland island of undisturbed, old-growth hemlock and yellow birch contains some trees reaching 30 inches in diameter. The “island” stand lies within the 120-acre SNA and is situated within an extensive conifer-shrub swamp.
The site and general area is critical habitat for the American Marten, a state-endangered species that prefers older aged mixed hardwoods and hemlock/pine. This site, with its 250-plus-year-old hemlock, provides some of the best habitat in the area. Zach Wilson, from the Iron County Land & Water Conservation Department, has conducted extensive marten research within this area and will share his knowledge of this rare animal.
Meet at NLDC at 8:30 AM or at the site at 9:00 AM (directions will be sent to registered participants). This hike is co-sponsored by ICORE. Register by August 19. $30. Wednesday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Please read our program and event registration and cancellation policy here.