Moquah Barrens (JM-24951)
Located in Wisconsin's Bayfield County, the Moquah Barrens might seem out of place in a land that is typically forested with northern tree species. But this landscape, originally an extensive pine barrens on sandy soils, has been managed by the USDA Forest Service since the 1930s. The long-term goal, initiated in 2009, is to restore nearly 23,000 acres of the rare pine barrens plant community by using prescribed fire and other management tools. On this overcast autumn day, the yellows of upland willow and aspen, mixed with the reds of oak sprouts, blueberries and sand cherries create a colorful display on this vast rolling landscape.