A pair of anglers enjoy some late-summer fishing on Perch Lake, Sept. 17. Fall colors are just starting to emerge on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest’s Washburn Ranger District. The fishermen took advantage of cooler temperatures and a deserted lake to make the most of their Tuesday afternoon expedition.
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?
After many years of fire exclusion, the U.S. Forest Service and other agencies are working to restore ecosystems to pre-European settlement conditions. 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.