Manitou Maples - Drohman
The Protected Property, located in the Silver Creek corridor of the Seven mile – Silver Creek watershed in the Lake Michigan Basin, lies to the southwest of the City of Manitowoc. The property consists of approximately 57.52 acres of rolling lands with ponds, wetlands, woods, cropland, restored prairie and woods along a tributary corridor of Silver Creek. The Residential Zone consists of a home, garage, well, septic system, outbuildings, orchard, barn and horse pasture. The Conservation Zone consists of the 17-acre Agriculture Area and a small area of fenced horse pasture. The land has a 15-acre sugar maple and beech dominated mature woods (ash, red and white oak, basswood, ironwood, shagbark hickory), floodplain forest, seasonal stream, wetlands, ephemeral ponds, uplands and open fields. The hailstorm of 2000 with its shearing winds killed or damaged all of the mature white pines, 100 mature sugar maples and 150 silver maples. Over the past 40 years, active management and restoration of this property by the landowners has included a new pond constructed from 1982 to 2003, the planting of over 10,000 of tree seedlings, prairie flowers and grasses, fish species management, and invasive species control. 15 acres of the property are enrolled in the Managed Forest Law program. This property provides rich and diverse habitats--it has uplands, wetlands, and open water; it has dense woods and open fields. Large and small mammals, birds, insects, and amphibians use the area. Deer inhabit the woods. Muskrats tunnel into the dike and woodchucks tunnel in the fields. Bullfrogs swim in the duckweed. Voles gnaw on tree seedlings. Ducks, geese, and wading birds frequent the ponds; and insect-eating swallows and flycatchers scoop up mosquitoes. During the 2-hour site walk, the following birds were either seen or heard: red-winged blackbird, green heron, yellowthroat, nuthatch, kingbird, barn and tree swallows, black-throated green warbler, and red-eyed vireo. The property is located along the Lake Michigan flyway and would provide a stopover site that warblers, hawks, and other migrating birds would use. The forest has a mixture of mature trees, dead snags, and a younger understory to suit various needs.