Welcome to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest!
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest covers more than 1.5 million acres of Wisconsin's Northwoods. The Chequamegon side of the forest covers about 858,400 acres in Ashland, Bayfield, Sawyer, Price, Taylor and Vilas counties while the Nicolet side covers nearly 661,400 acres in Florence, Forest, Langlade, Oconto, Oneida and Vilas counties. Where is the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest?
The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest was impacted by heavy rain and flash flooding the evening of July 11 that caused significant damage. The northern part of the Great Divide Ranger District in Sawyer, Bayfield and Ashland Counties and the southern part of the Washburn Ranger District in Bayfield County were most affected by the rainfall event.
After many years of fire exclusion, the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies are working to restore ecosystems with fire. Many native plants in northern Wisconsin have unique adaptations that allow them to withstand fire and even thrive after it. This in-turn allows the wildlife who depend on these plants for food and shelter to also thrive.