Big Woods Heritage Forest WMA

 
     
 
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Location
 
 

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Size

 
 

127.28 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

There is a field access on the west side of Halstad Ave. at the eastern boundary of the WMA. Park on the field access.

N44 24.708, W93 25.386

 
         
 

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Rice County

 
          Southeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

 

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

Deer, Small Game, Pheasants, Waterfowl, Turkey. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Big Woods

   
  Land Type Association    

Cordova Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest

   
  * Source: The Minnesota Biological Survey, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Division of Ecological Resources      
         
 

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Parking, field access

 
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Grassland with sparse deciduous trees

 
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Emergent wetland

 
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Native dominated upland shrubland

 
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Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest

 
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Mixed emergent marsh - seasonally flooded

 
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Berm

 
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Wetland-open water

 
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Amphibians

 
  boreal chorus frog (Pseudacris maculata)   boreal chorus frog  
 

Birds

 
 

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla)

Great Egret (Ardea alba)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ring-necked Pheasant (Phasianus colchicus)

Sedge Wren (Cistothorus platensis)

Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

White-crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)

 

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay

Great Egret

Northern Cardinal

Northern Shoveler

 
 

Centipedes and Millipedes

 
 

99999999 myriapod species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

 

Threatened

 

Special Concern

 

 
         
 

Crustaceans

 
 

99999999 crustacean species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

 

Threatened

 

Special Concern

 

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Crustaceans List

 
         
 

Fishes

 
 

99999999 fish species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:

Endangered

 

Threatened

 

Special Concern

 

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

False Turkey Tail (Stereum ostrea)

Phomopsis gall on hickory (Phomopsis spp.)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

  Phomopsis gall on hickory  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

common green darner (Anax junius)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

western thatching ant (Formica obscuripes)

willow pinecone gall midge (Rabdophaga strobiloides)

  willow pinecone gall midge  
 

Mammals

 
 

eastern cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus)

muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  muskrat  
 

Plants

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest MHs39

     
 

 

agrimony (Agrimonia spp.)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American plum (Prunus americana)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

Aunt Lucy (Ellisia nyctelea)

baneberry (Actaea sp.)

Bell’s honeysuckle (Lonicera × bella)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common duckweed (Lemna minor)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. pubescens)

Drummond’s aster (Symphyotrichum drummondii var. drummondii)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern woodland sedge (Carex blanda)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

great St. Johnswort (Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hooked buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

North American common reed (Phragmites australis ssp. americanus)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern lady fern (Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax)

Pennsylvania sedge (Carex pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rattlesnake fern (Botrypus virginianus)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

Russian olive (Elaeagnus angustifolia)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

slender willow (Salix petiolaris)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve)

smooth rose (Rosa blanda var. blanda)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

trillium (Trillium spp.)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wood anemone (Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

zigzag goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea sp. (baneberry)

Agrimonia spp. (agrimony)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Anemone quinquefolia var. quinquefolia (wood anemone)

Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax (Parlin’s pussytoes)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias incarnata ssp. incarnata (swamp milkweed)

Athyrium filix-femina var. angustum (northern lady fern)

Botrypus virginianus (rattlesnake fern)

Carex blanda (eastern woodland sedge)

Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Elaeagnus angustifolia (Russian olive)

Ellisia nyctelea (Aunt Lucy)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Erythronium albidum (white trout lily)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Hypericum ascyron ssp. pyramidatum (great St. Johnswort)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lemna minor (common duckweed)

Lonicera × bella (Bell’s honeysuckle)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phragmites australis ssp. americanus (North American common reed)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus (hooked buttercup)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rosa blanda var. blanda (smooth rose)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Salix petiolaris (slender willow)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Solidago flexicaulis (zigzag goldenrod)

Symphyotrichum drummondii var. drummondii (Drummond’s aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve (smooth blue aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trillium spp. (trillium)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola pubescens var. pubescens (downy yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

 

American plum

American vetch

Bell’s honeysuckle

black raspberry

bloodroot

bottle gentian

common blue violet

common strawberry

common yarrow

downy yellow violet (var. pubescens)

eastern prickly gooseberry

fragrant bedstraw

large-flowered bellwort

Missouri gooseberry

northern pin oak

prairie fleabane (var. strigosus)

red elderberry

sharp-lobed hepatica

swamp milkweed

Virginia waterleaf

white trout lily

wild geranium

wood anemone

 

 

 

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