Jack Pine auto Tour
The Jack Pine Auto Tour is a self-guided drive through a very special part of Oscoda County in northern Michigan. This jack pines area is home to the Kirtland's Warbler due to improved eco-system management.
The drive is enhanced by interpretive signs along the way that explain the unique methods required to produce habitat that will attract this once endangered species. Some of the stops along the way include, clear-cuts, planned burn areas and at least one nature walk.
Nearly all nesting occurs in jack pine stands where the soil type is Grayling sand. This is an extremely well drained sandy soil with low humus and nutrient content.
The Kirtland's warbler habitat is closed to the public during the nesting season. Guided tours are offered each year. For the most up to date information, contact the Mio, Michigan ranger station. www.oscodacountymi.org
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