Blazing Star Prairie Addition

South Unit

       
   

Area and County

    Clay County
    Northwest Minnesota
     
 

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Size

320 acres

 
 
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Parking

N47 4.614, W96 24.420

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

All hunting and trapping. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Red River Valley

Subsection(s)  

Red River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Barnesville Beach Complex

 
Native Plant Communities1

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Prairie Wetland Complex

Wet Seepage Prairie (Northern)

 
Ownership The Nature Conservancy logo        
 
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Blazing Star Prairie Addition, North Unit

The Nature Conservancy

 
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History
In 2012 The Nature Conservancy (TNC) acquired through their Prairie Recovery Program a 320-acre tract in Clay County. The tract is adjacent to the Blazing Star Prairie, a unit of Felton Prairie Scientific and Natural Area that is owned by TNC. They designated the new tract Blazing Star Prairie Addition Preserve. In 2016 TNC acquired a nearby 344.38-acre tract and this became the North Unit of Blazing Star Prairie Addition Preserve. In 2017 TNC acquired 423 acres in three additional tracts, all adjacent to the North Unit.

Management
Prior to the acquisition of the South Unit, small portions of the site were grazed, farmed, or hayed. The remaining 245 acres were set aside under the Conservation Reserve Program. Since acquiring the site, The Nature Conservancy has removed trees from the northwest corner, removed a shelterbelt along the road on the north boundary, and installed all new perimeter fencing. The site was grazed in 2013 and in 2016 to 2019 and will be rested in 2020. Prescribed burns were conducted in 2013 and 2017.

 
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8/14/2019

       

 

 

 

 

       
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Birds

One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen on at least one of the units of this preserve:

 

Special concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)

 
Insects and Arachnids

band-winged meadowhawk (Sympetrum semicinctum)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

dogbane saucrobotys moth (Saucrobotys futilalis)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

dogbane saucrobotys moth

orange sulphur

 
Mammals

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

plains pocket gopher

 
Plants

Plants frequently found in:

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Wet Seepage Prairie (Northern) WPn53a

 
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

bearded wheatgrass (Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

blue grama (Bouteloua gracilis)

Canada bluegrass (Poa compressa)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian milkvetch (Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

clammy groundcherry (Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla)

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

crown vetch (Securigera varia)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

curly-cup gumweed (Grindelia squarrosa)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

green foxtail (Setaria viridis var. viridis)

grooved yellow flax (Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

hoary alyssum (Berteroa incana)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Leiberg’s panic grass (Dichanthelium leibergii)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

long-headed coneflower (Ratibida columnifera)

mountain blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium montanum var. montanum)

narrow-leaved meadowsweet (Spiraea alba var. alba)

narrow-leaved purple coneflower (Echinacea angustifolia)

pale agoseris (Agoseris glauca var. glauca)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides)

porcupine grass (Hesperostipa spartea)

prairie cordgrass (Spartina pectinata)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

prairie peppergrass (Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

rough barnyard grass (Echinochloa muricata)

sand cherry (Prunus pumila)

sand dropseed (Sporobolus cryptandrus)

shorthair goldenrod (Solidago altissima ssp. gilvocanescens)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

showy milkweed (Asclepias speciosa)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

smooth blue aster (Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus)

summer cypress (Bassia scoparia)

switch grass (Panicum virgatum var. virgatum)

toothed evening primrose (Oenothera serrulata)

Virginia groundcherry (Physalis virginiana var. virginiana)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

witch grass (Panicum capillare)

wolfberry (Symphoricarpos occidentalis)

yellow foxtail (Setaria pumila ssp. pumila)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Agoseris glauca var. glauca (pale agoseris)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias speciosa (showy milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Astragalus canadensis var. canadensis (Canadian milkvetch)

Bassia scoparia (summer cypress)

Berteroa incana (hoary alyssum)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bouteloua gracilis (blue grama)

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Dichanthelium leibergii (Leiberg’s panic grass)

Echinacea angustifolia (narrow-leaved purple coneflower)

Echinochloa muricata (rough barnyard grass)

Elymus trachycaulus ssp. subsecundus (bearded wheatgrass)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Grindelia squarrosa (curly-cup gumweed)

Helianthus pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Hesperostipa spartea (porcupine grass)

Heterotheca villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Lepidium densiflorum var. densiflorum (prairie peppergrass)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Oenothera serrulata (toothed evening primrose)

Panicum capillare (witch grass)

Panicum virgatum var. virgatum (switch grass)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Physalis heterophylla var. heterophylla (clammy groundcherry)

Physalis virginiana var. virginiana (Virginia groundcherry)

Poa compressa (Canada bluegrass)

Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis (Kentucky bluegrass)

Prunus pumila (sand cherry)

Ratibida columnifera (long-headed coneflower)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Securigera varia (crown vetch)

Setaria pumila ssp. pumila (yellow foxtail)

Setaria viridis var. viridis (green foxtail)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Sisyrinchium montanum var. montanum (mountain blue-eyed grass)

Solidago altissima ssp. gilvocanescens (shorthair goldenrod)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Spartina pectinata (prairie cordgrass)

Spiraea alba var. alba (narrow-leaved meadowsweet)

Sporobolus cryptandrus (sand dropseed)

Symphoricarpos occidentalis (wolfberry)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum laeve var. laeve (smooth blue aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

alfalfa

bird’s-foot trefoil

Canadian milkvetch

clammy groundcherry

common yarrow

crown vetch

Flodman’s thistle

hairy false goldenaster

leadplant

long-headed coneflower

pale agoseris

palespike lobelia (var. spicata)

prairie onion

prairie rose

purple prairie clover

showy milkweed

spotted touch-me-not

toothed evening primrose

Virginia groundcherry

white prairie clover

yellow foxtail

     

 

 

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Created: 11/14/2017

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