Hardscrabble Woods/MG Tusler Sanctuary

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Area and County

Hennepin County





31 acres

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N44 54.860, W93 40.681

Park on the shoulder.

Hiking Trails

West of the road a well worn footpath leads from the memorial stone, around a pond, to a residential area south of the preserve. There are no maintained trails.


No hunting

Ecological Classification


Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification


Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal


Big Woods

Land Type Association(s)

Maple Plain Moraine

Native Plant Communities1

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods)

Ownership The Nature Conservancy logo    



The larger section, east of the road, has a very dense canopy that extends beyond the road (Hardscrabble Circle) that surrounds the site. In this section there are no open areas and little edge habitat, resulting in sparse herb layer growth and almost no shrub layer growth.






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American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Black-capped Chickadee


whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Sugar Maple Forest (Big Woods) MHs39c



American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

black medick (Medicago lupulina)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

broad-leaved arrowhead (Sagittaria latifolia)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

early meadow rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

field pussytoes (Antennaria neglecta)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

glossy buckthorn (Frangula alnus)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

Japanese barberry (Berberis thunbergii)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

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

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

pagoda dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)


Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (American hog peanut)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Antennaria neglecta (field pussytoes)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arisaema triphyllum (Jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

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

Berberis thunbergii (Japanese barberry)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cornus alternifolia (pagoda dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Elymus hystrix (eastern bottlebrush grass)

Frangula alnus (glossy buckthorn)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Medicago lupulina (black medick)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Sagittaria latifolia (broad-leaved arrowhead)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

American hazel

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

Canada moonseed


common mullein

early meadow rue

field pussytoes

large-flowered bellwort

northern bedstraw

quaking aspen

sharp-lobed hepatica

Virginia waterleaf

white snakeroot

wild columbine

wild geranium

wild ginger




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