Sphagnum Moss

Sphagnum Moss (HMXL5)

Location: Black River Falls, WI 54615 Jackson County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 13.566', W 90° 42.464'

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Wisconsin's Invisible Industry

Marshy sections of Jackson, Monroe, Wood and Clark counties produce large quan?tities of Sphagnum moss, providing a major but little known state resource. The ability of Sphagnum to hold 20 times its weight in water makes it invaluable for keeping plants and nursery stock alive in shipment. It is also used in hydroponic gardening, for air shipment of flowers, and because it is sterile it is used in surgical dressings and in seed germination to prevent fungus attack in seeds. Sphagnum replaces itself in the central wetland marshes after harvest and is ready to be pulled again every three years. Harvest seasons run from spring until marshes freeze in the fall. Over 300,000 bales are pulled annually for shipment all over the world. No other state produces Sphagnum commercially.
HM NumberHMXL5
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
Marker Number204
Year Placed1974
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 9:37pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 683082 N 4899540
Decimal Degrees44.22610000, -90.70773333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 13.566', W 90° 42.464'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 13' 33.96" N, 90° 42' 27.84" W
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Area Code(s)715, 608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 138 Lambert Rd, Black River Falls WI 54615, US
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