Hampton Woods WMA

       
   

Area and County

    Dakota County
    Metro Area
     
 

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Size

197.45 acres

 
 
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Parking

There is a parking lot with designated spots for eight vehicles. Do not park along the entryway drive or on the road.

N44 37.664, W93 1.953

 
Hiking Trails

There are a few old forest roads in the site. A six-foot corridor has been cleared of trees and shrubs just inside the entire boundary of the WMA.

 
Hunting

Deer, Small Game, Forest Upland Birds, Turkey, Doves

New for 2019...Only shotguns with fine shot (BBB or smaller diameter) may be used. There is a 500 ft. "No Hunting or Trapping" zone along the northern boundary and an additional 200 ft. zone along the southern boundary of this WMA. All weapons must be unloaded and cased within these zones. This WMA is open for archery deer hunting and spring/fall turkey hunting. Small game may be taken through November 30th, 2019. All trappers and predator hunters must, regardless of furbearers taken, obtain a permit from the area manager.

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

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Paleozoic Plateau

Subsection(s)  

Rochester Plateau

Land Type Association(s)

HamptonTill Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

 
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Overview
Hampton Woods Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in Dakota County is one of Minnesota’s newest WMAs. Designated on July 14, 2017, it came about through the collaborative efforts of the Minnesota DNR, Dakota County, Friends of the Mississippi River, and local landowners. It provides protection for the largest contiguous oak forest and one of the largest remaining wooded areas in Dakota County. Surrounded by mostly farm land, it is the only forest for miles and provides critical habitat for migrating birds. The Minnesota Biological Survey gives most of this WMA an Outstanding Biodiversity Significance rank.

There is some new plant growth to be seen this weekend (April 18-19, 2020), including numerous individual wild leeks, small clumps of fragrant bedstraw, small tufts of woodland sedges, large patches of cut-leaved toothwort, and a few lonely bloodroot. The cut-leaved toothwort and bloodroot had unopened buds on Friday, but those buds may produce the first spring flowers on Saturday or Sunday. Seventeen bird species were spotted on Friday, including migrating Yellow-rumped Warbler, Golden-crowned Kinglet, and Ruby-crowned Kinglet.

History
Hampton Woods Wildlife Management Area was designated on 7/14/2017. An additional 7.02-acre parcel was added in 2018.

Ranking
The Minnesota Biological Survey gives most of this WMA an Outstanding Biodiversity Significance rank.

 
Visits

4/17/2020

           

 

 

 

 

       
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Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

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Forest Roads

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Cleared Corridor around Boundary

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Birds

One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen here:

 

Special concern

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

 
Birds

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown Creeper (Certhia americana)

Downy Woodpecker (Picoides pubescens)

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa)

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Setophaga coronata)

Blue Jay

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

Red-winged Blackbird

White-breasted Nuthatch

 
Fungi and Lichens

Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

False Turkey Tail (Stereum ostrea)

firedot lichen (Caloplaca sp.)

Milk-white Toothed Polypore (Irpex lacteus)

Pear-shaped Puffball (Lycoperdon pyriforme)

Phomopsis gall on hickory (Phomopsis spp.)

Smooth Patch (Aleurodiscus oakesii)

Thin-Walled Maze Polypore (Daedaleopsis confragosa)

Trametes pubescens

Artist’s Conk

Milk-white Toothed Polypore

Thin-Walled Maze Polypore

 
Mammals

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

 
Plants

Two plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

 

Threatened

American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius)

largebract ticktrefoil (Desmodium cuspidatum var. longifolium)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey vegetation releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c

 
 

black cherry

black raspberry

bloodroot

common blue violet

cut-leaved toothwort

fragrant bedstraw

Virginia waterleaf

woodland strawberry

     

 

 

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Created: 2/25/2020

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