Ray Extensive Wildlife Habitat Area
Ray Extensive Wildlife Habitat Area is a 40-acre property located in central St. Croix County. The property was purchased in 1980 through the Extensive Wildlife Habitat Area program. The cover types consists of low-lying alder and upland prairie, which provide excellent pheasant wintering habitat.
The property is located approximately 3 miles northeast of Baldwin. Follow Highway 63 north for 2 miles, then turn east on County Highway E for 2 miles. The property is located on the north side of County Highway E.
The Ray Extensive Wildlife Habitat Area is managed to provide opportunities for public hunting, trapping, wildlife observation and other nature-based outdoor recreation. Management objectives aim to maintain an open grassland community through prescribed fire, mechanical and chemical control of woody species and limited haying and grazing. Populations of invasive species are controlled by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or bio-control.
The Ray Extensive Wildlife Area offers many recreational opportunities:
- Cross-country skiing (no designated trail);
- Falconry (by permit);
- Wild edible/gathering; and
- Wildlife viewing.
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