The Friends and the North Pikes Creek Wetlands Community Forest

The North Pikes Creek Wetlands Community Forest is a 280-acre forested wetland surrounding North Pikes Creek, located near the tip of the Bayfield Peninsula, in the Town of Russell, Bayfield County, Wisconsin. Three Town of Russell Plan Commission members formed the Friends of the North Pikes Creek Wetlands (FNPCW) in early 2012, and partnered with the Bayfield Regional Conservancy (BRC) in 2013 to acquire this exceptional property and manage it for the benefit of the local community. This collaborative community effort has resulted in the acquisition in 2014 of this unique wetland acreage, which permanently protects the property's diverse mix of habitats, including upland and boreal forest, beaver wetlands, shrublands, forested wetlands, and 1.6 miles of frontage along North Pikes Creek, a Class I trout stream and Wisconsin Outstanding Resource Water. The North Pikes Creek Wetlands Community Forest will serve as an educational and recreational resource for the community in perpetuity.