Wisconsin's Invisible IndustryMarshy 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.
|Series||This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series|
|Placed By||The Wisconsin Historical Society|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 9:37pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15T E 683082 N 4899540|
|Decimal Degrees||44.22610000, -90.70773333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 44° 13.566', W 90° 42.464'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||44° 13' 33.96" N, 90° 42' 27.84" W|
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|Area Code(s)||715, 608|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 138 Lambert Rd, Black River Falls WI 54615, US|
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