Wisconsin's Northwoods

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Frost covered meadow, bordered by autumnal trees, the Northwoods, near Lake Superior

Description

Wisconsin’s Northwoods are part of a vast expanse of temperate, forested wilderness, which once encompassed huge swathes of Europe, Russia, Alaska, Canada and the northern United States (1).

Today, much of the original temperate forest has been cleared (2), and in Wisconsin only around one percent remains (3). Nonetheless, Wisconsin’s Northwoods still encompass an area of approximately 75,000 square kilometres (2), forming a sprawling patchwork of forests, woods, lakes, wetlands and bogs (4).