Department of Natural Resources

The Wisconsin DNR Northern Headquarters houses business offices and educational classrooms. The planting schedule is to include native shrubs and trees to recreate different biomes found throughout the state. The over planted and overgrown pine forest are thinned out to allow more opportunity on the ground for different flora. Groves of aspen trees will readily replace areas cleared for demolition while creating autumnal swaths of golden foliage. Stormwater feature areas will contain birch trees and hardy grasses, ideal for water detention during storm events. Immediately in front of the building are three oaks placed amongst prairie grasses to attract fauna. From pine forests to boreal aspens and prairie oak savannahs, each area represents a regional biome.

Prairie

Birch trees are planted amongst various shrubs all on a blanket of prairie grasses and wildflowers.

Description

Planting Production

Various birch species are located on the Southwest corner of the site. Below the trees is a blend of native prairie grasses including sedges and wild flowers. Several shrub species are to be planted 50 ft. apart to increase diversity and allow for natural reproduction migration. With the majority of stormwater runoff directed towards this corner of the site, management features are included to capture and hold runoff. ×

Aspen Grove

Trees are planted 50 ft. apart to allow the pioneer species to quickly spread throughout the area.

Description

Planting Production

Apsens have a vigorous growwth rate and spreads readily, new trees will be planted in groves where they can easily be maintained. The swathes will offer contrasting golden color in the fall as well as a quaking leaves that create a pleasent noise in the wind.

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Boreal

Existing coniferous tree stands are thinned out to allow for ferns and other shade loving ground covers.

Description

Planting Production

The pine forest is to be planted with a number of shade loving plants. The groundcovers and ferns introduce variety into a monoculture. Each plant swathe varies in size and numbers, and range from 40'-60' OC from other plantings as to recreate a natural setting.

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