Much of this part of Wisconsin has been farmed in one way or another. Only the wetlands have generally escaped being plowed and cultivated. Doesn’t mean there isn’t plenty of trees and parkland around. As farming became more concentrated the small plots were left alone or acquired by towns. Over time these have become places where the landscape of the Upper Midwest starts re-emerging.
As such, wander around the woods enough and you’ll spot signs the woods are a recent return to nature. Old foundations, lingering roads, straight lines of trees or shrubbery all indicate people had a hand transforming the area in some way. Sometimes you don’t even need an imagination – the signs are obvious.
Farm implements left in the woods – out of place and yet the right place to put equipment that once had its day on this ground but is now surrounded by returning natives.