Lake Alexander Woods SNA

Central Unit

 

 

     
 
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Lake Alexander Woods SNA, North Unit

Lake Alexander Woods SNA, South Unit

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Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

Lake Alexander Woods SNA was established on 8/22/1996. It consists of three disconnected units.

 
     
 

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Size

 
 

224 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

There is no designated parking area or parking spot for this unit. Park carefully on the east shoulder of Azure Road near the SNA sign. There is no ditch crossing and the shoulder drops off quickly. There is no place to pull completely off the paved shoulder.

 
         
 

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          Morrison County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

Deer hunting by permit only. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Northern Minnesota Drift and Lake Plains

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Pine Moraines and Outwash Plains

   
  Land Type Association    

St. Croix Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Central Dry-Mesic Oak-Aspen Forest

Northern Wet Ash Swamp

Sedge Meadow

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp

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

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About

The unfragmented forests and diverse habitat of Lake Alexander SNA occupy an outstanding knob and kettle topography, the legacy of the Rainy lobe from past continental glaciation. Steep hills rise 100 feet above adjacent wetlands and 600 feet above the bedrock below. Kettles where glacial ice blocks slowly melted and collapsed are now filled with ponds, sedge meadows, marshes, swamps, and fens.

 

 

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Visits

8/9/2011

               
 
 

Birds

 
 

One bird species with conservation status in Minnesota has been seen on at least one unit of this SNA:

Special Concern

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungi List

 
 

Plants

 
 

Two plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found on at least one of the units of this SNA:

Threatened

bog bluegrass (Poa paludigena)

bright green spike-rush (Eleocharis flavescens var. olivacea)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Central Dry-Mesic Oak-Aspen Forest MHc26

Northern Wet Ash Swamp WFn55

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Willow - Dogwood Shrub Swamp WMn82a

     
     

 

 
 

Reptiles

 
 

Two reptile species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen on at least one unit of this SNA:

Threatened

Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii)

timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) (?)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Amphibians and Reptiles List

 

 

 

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