Scott, Walter E. (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Vol. 3, No. 4 (Fall 1956)
Seymour, Frank C.
Flora of Lincoln County, Wisconsin, pp. 154-156
154 _ WsoinAaeyRvw FLORA OF LINCOLN COUNTY, WISCONSIN By Frank C. Seymour Dighton, Mass. Called the "Gateway to the North" because it includes the southern part of the region of innumerable lakes, large and small, Lincoln County affords a wide variety of habitat and therefore a wide variety of vegetation. As only about half of the County was covered by the Wisconsin Ice Sheet, there is a marked difference between the vege- tation of the northern and southern halves, the southern having been covered only by the earlier ice sheet. The northern part is forested largely by evergreens; the south- ern part mostly by deciduous trees. Added to the influence of the glaciers or connected with it are the contrasts between rolling hills and level plains; very sandy soil and heavy loam; many bogs and few bogs; many lakes and few lakes. All of these contribute to the variety of the flora. Coming to live in Tomahawk in September 1949, the writer set out to collect specimens to illustrate the flora of this relatively unexplored country, botanically speak- ing. Gradually the vague idea of writing and publishing a local flora crystallized. Soon it was discovered that a number of other people in the County were much interested and some of them well versed in the wild flowers of the region. By February 1950, the Wild Flower Club of Lincoln County was organized with 23 charter members, and under- took the project of exploring, collecting and accumulating material for a flora of the County. Previous botanical work, so far as is known, was begun by L. S. Cheney in 1893. On a trip down the Wisconsin River, he stopped frequently and collected specimens on the way. From July 19 to August 3, a period of 16 days, he was in Lincoln County. In so short a time, he picked up a noteworthy number of species, some of which have not been found in the County since. The second collector to explore the 154 Wisconsin Academy Review
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