Preserve Update: The Trumpeter Swan preserve has a new name, it will now be The Headwaters Preserve. After gaining direct access to the once landlocked property in 2020, we have since installed a parking lot, are working on finalizing signage, and will also be continuing the work of restoring the preserve to native prairie and oak savannas. We look forward to sharing the progress of this preserve with you!
The Headwaters Preserve formerly known as Trumpeter Swan Preserve is a 48-acre KRLT property that includes the headwaters of the Kinnickinnic River, wetlands, groundwater seeps, planted pine and oak trees, uplands, and a former Trumpeter swan nesting site. The preserve is bordered on the south by the Wisconsin DNR Headwaters Fish and Wildlife Area and a private property that the KRLT holds an easement on.
We are in the beginning stages of the restoration the preserve using an existing forest stewardship management plan and insights from UW-RF, our goal is to restore the area to native prairie and oak savanna by addressing overdue management of the pine plantation and other invasive trees and plant species. This will allow the remaining oaks to thrive and the site to be more suited for future seeding of native prairie grasses, wildflowers, and oak savanna habitat. Additionally, this management strategy will improve access to the property and encourage partnerships with the community and natural resource organizations.
Location: South of 70th Ave and west of 150th Street in the Town of Warren, St. Croix County. Access to the property is currently available from the DNR property to the south.