Van Vliet Hemlocks
The Friends established in March 2011 with the purpose of protecting and preserving the unique ecology of the Van Vliet Hemlocks, a Presque Isle site owned by the State of Wisconsin. The goal of the Friends for this property to become a State Natural Area became a reality in 2014. View DNR Document
The 400-acre parcel has more than 1 1/2 miles of shoreline. Its forested stand represents a rare remnant of the northern hardwood–hemlock forest, once the largest and most characteristic of northern WI. It retains many of the characteristics of old-growth forests, such as large live trees, snags, and fallen trees on land and water. It houses eagle and loon nests, includes sightings of birds such as Scarlet Tanager and Blackburnian Warbler, houses a plethora of vernal pools and wetlands for exploration, and features a unique array of glacial moraines. The Friends aim is to improve public access and increase educational opportunities, leading to greater utilization, awareness and future care of this true treasure.