Lake Johanna Esker Preserve

 

 

     
 
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Ownership

 
 

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The Nature Conservancy

 
     
 

Overview

 
 

 

 
     
 

History

 
 

This preserve began with the purchase of 75½ acres in 2011. It has grown steadily since then with separate purchases of adjacent parcels, one in 2013 and two in 2014, and nearby parcels, one in 2015 and one in 2016. In 2019 a 150-acre parcel was purchased conecting the north and south units, and increasing the total area to 806 acres. However, the boundaries of that parcel have not been released to the public by The Nature Conservancy.

 
     
 

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South Unit, Upper Section

 

South Unit, Lower Section

 
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Size

 
 

North Unit: 232.25 acres

South Unit: 419.44 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

Park in the pull-off in front of the gate on the north side of Township Road T7.

N45 25.625, W95 12.346

 
         
 

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          Pope County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

 

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

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

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

North Central Glaciated Plains

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Minnesota River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Bellgrade Sand Plain

Gilchrist Moraine

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern)

Sedge Meadow

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

Natural Features

     
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Esker

A long, narrow, usually winding ridge of gravel, sand, and other sediment left by a retreating glacier.

 

 

 

 

           
 
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Visits

9/3/2016                
 
 

Birds

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

  American Goldfinch  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

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Plants

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Basswood - Bur Oak - (Green Ash) Forest MHs38b

Dry Sand - Gravel Prairie (Southern) UPs13b

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

     
    blue grama  
 

Reptiles

 
  common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)   common garter snake  

 

 

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