Ray Morrison Memorial Wildlife Area
Ray Morrison Memorial Wildlife Area is a 65-acre property in north central Pierce County. The property consists of restored grasslands, floodplain forest and cattail marsh habitat. The southern 25 acres of the wildlife area was donated to the DNR from the Kinnickinnic Chapter of Pheasants Forever in 1993, while the northern 40 acres was purchased in cooperation with Ducks Unlimited in 1999. The property adjoins 233 acres of Army Corps of Engineers property and 40 acres of West Wisconsin Land Trust property, creating the 338-acre Trimbelle River Conservation Area.
The wildlife area is located 5 miles southeast of River Falls. Follow Highway 65 south, then turn east on County Highway W for approximately 3 miles. The property is located on the north and south side of 770th Avenue.
Ray Morrison Memorial Wildlife 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. The forested portions of the property are managed to perpetuate central hardwoods cover type to provide forested habitat for wildlife. Populations of invasive species are controlled by cutting, pulling, burning, herbicide treatment and/or bio-control.
The Ray Morrison Memorial 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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