Landscapes of Place

Bay Shore Blufflands

Why This Place is Special

We are in our third decade of ecological restoration planning and implementation, land stewardship, citizen science, and conservation master planning. To date, over 2,000 hours of field work from Landscapes of Place - plus the tremendous  stewardship work of others, for years!

Current floristic quality assessment: n = 296, FQI = 94.5 (updated 2017).  Still counting, and still pressing specimens for our herbarium.

...To me, [Bay Shore Blufflands] represents hope at a time when critical wildlife habitat and scenic open space is being lost at an unprecedented rate... Land preservation success stories are more important now than ever before and the Blufflands will forever serve as a model for how passionate people can make a lasting difference.
— Dan Burke, "A Place of Hope", The Nature of Door, Edited by Norbert Blei and Karen Yancey, Cross+Roads Press, Copyright Door County Land Trust 2006
Several groups have recognized the Bay Shore Blufflands (Carlsville Bluff) as a significant natural habitat in the last 20 years. In 1976, the Door County Natural Heritage Program ranked the area as an important scenic wetland and forest resource area. In this study the forest was ranked 5th among 15 Door County areas... In 1977, the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas rated the area as high quality wildlife habitat. In 1981, a U.S. Fish and Wildlife conducted inventory of the Great Lakes coastal wetlands identified and classified the forested wetlands of this site. In 1988, Dr. Jim Zimmerman in his natural features inventory of Door County concluded the Carlsville forest, escarpment, and terraced wetlands were deserving of WDNR Natural Area status.
— A Guide to Significant Wildlife Habitat and Natural Areas of Door County, WI, March 2003; produced through the collective efforts of federal, state and local government agencies, local conservation organizations and citizen advocates


Project Updates

Conservation Master Plan for Bay Shore Blufflands State Natural Area

Wisconsin Coastal Management Grant 2013-2014

Download Plan documents via dropbox

Bay Shore Blufflands Conservation Master Plan Process poster (3.8M), Midwest-Great Lakes SER Conference, April 2014, for Wisconsin Coastal Management Program. 


Preserve and Protect Niagara Escarpment in Bayshore Blufflands

Wisconsin State Wildlife Grant #1036, 2011-2013

State Wildlife Grant September 2013 Final Report.

State Wildlife Grant September 2012 Interim Report.

State Wildlife Grant June 2012 kiosk progress poster.


Habitat Enhancement for Lands within the Bay Shore Blufflands SNA

Wisconsin DNR Landowner Incentive Program Grant 2007-2009


Check out Dan's Road Scar Remediation progress video at Bay Shore Blufflands Preserve.

Stewardship Notes

Range of techniques over the season in effective Phalaris control protocol developed at this site


Photo Archive, albums arranged most recent first

Bay Shore Blufflands in Wikipedia

Bay Shore Blufflands State Natural Area #377

Door County Land Trust Bay Shore Blufflands Preserve and trail map 

Zimmerman Map, Southern Door (3.3M pdf, digitally stitched from source: Door County Environmental Council)

See Dan's Presentation on Management of Reed Canary Grass, 2015.

Dan's conference paper on Community Support Networks to Preserve Orchid Habitat.