Mound Prairie SNA

               
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Area and County

Houston County

 

 

 


Size

265 acres

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North and Central Units

South Unit

 
Parking

North Unit
N43 45.996, W91 25.461

South Unit, Central Unit
N43 45.666, W91 25.406

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

All hunting (only the portion north of Hwy 16). No hunting elsewhere. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.


Ecological Classification

Province

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Section

Paleozoic Plateau

Subsection(s)

The Blufflands

Land Type Association(s)

Brownsville Slopes

Caledonia Ridgetops

Root River Valley

 
Native Plant Communities1

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest


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Comments

This SNA lies within the Richard J. Dorer Memorial Hardwood State Forest.

Three Units
This SNA consists of three disconnected units. The tiny Central Unit is 2.9 acres of steep bluff prairie. It is 150 yards south of the South Unit parking area on Golfview Dr.

Hiking Trails
Beginning at the South Unit parking spot, a trail follows a forest road east ¼ mile then turns south and enters the SNA. Twenty yards after it turns south look for an orangish-yellow SNA boundary marker a few yards to the left (east). This marks the northern boundary of the SNA. The trail ends here but the forest road continues south to a gate at the southern boundary of the SNA. A second former forest road branches off of this road near the south gate. It leads northwest then west, following a gradually narrowing ridge. It ends just east of a steep slope with an oak forest to the north and bluff prairie to the south. This second forest road is not maintained and is densely overgrown for most of its length with successional shrubs. It is sometimes easier to follow it from a short distance than to try to walk on it.


Visits

4/28/2009

  9/7/2013

 

 

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Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

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South Unit


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Forest Road Approach

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Oak Forest

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Small Pond

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South Gate

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Bluff Prairie

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Birds

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Common Grackle (Quiscalus quiscula)

Eastern Towhee (Pipilo erythrophthalmus)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-winged Blackbird (Agelaius phoeniceus)

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Blue Jay


Fungi and Lichens

Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)

False Turkey Tail (Stereum ostrea)

Black Knot


Insects and Arachnids

bald-faced hornet (Dolichovespula maculata)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

leaf miner fly (Liriomyza eupatoriella)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

multicolored Asian lady beetle

predatory stinkbug (Podisus placidus)

goldenrod gall fly

monarch


Mammals

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

Plants

Five plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and one species on the watch list are found here:

 

Endangered

narrow-leaved milkweed (Asclepias stenophylla)

 

Threatened

clasping milkweed (Asclepias amplexicaulis)

 

Special concern

goat’s rue (Tephrosia virginiana)

plains wild indigo (Baptisia bracteata var. leucophaea)

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

 

Watch list

jeweled shooting star (Primula fassettii)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas (Bell Museum of Natural History) Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern) UPs13c

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest MHs37b

 
 

 

Allegheny blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American lopseed (Phryma leptostachya)

American plum (Prunus americana)

Atlantic ninebark (Physocarpus opulifolius var. intermedius)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii)

birdfoot violet (Viola pedata)

bitternut hickory (Carya cordiformis)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade (Circaea lutetiana ssp. canadensis)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian black snakeroot (Sanicula canadensis)

Canadian clearweed (Pilea pumila)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

clustered black snakeroot (Sanicula odorata)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

compass plant (Silphium laciniatum)

curlytop knotweed (Persicaria lapathifolia)

cylindric blazing star (Liatris cylindracea)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

eastern bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)

eastern poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans ssp. negundo)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

false boneset (Brickellia eupatorioides var. corymbulosa)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida var. trifida)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray goldenrod (Solidago nemoralis)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy grama (Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

Holzinger’s eupatorium (Eutrochium purpureum var. holzingeri)

horsemint (Monarda punctata var. villicaulis)

Illinois tick-trefoil (Desmodium illinoense)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

ironwood (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

jeweled shooting star (Primula fassettii)

jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

Lindley’s aster (Symphyotrichum ciliolatum)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

lyre-leaved rock cress (Arabidopsis lyrata ssp. lyrata)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

northern evening primrose (Oenothera parviflora)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

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

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

northern shagbark hickory (Carya ovata)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Parlin’s pussytoes (Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax)

pointed-leaved tick-trefoil (Desmodium glutinosum)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

prairie coreopsis (Coreopsis palmata)

prairie dropseed (Sporobolus heterolepis)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie goldenrod (Solidago ptarmicoides)

prairie onion (Allium stellatum)

purple giant hyssop (Agastache scrophulariifolia)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

purple-stem beggarticks (Bidens connata)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota ssp. carota)

rabbit-tobacco (Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

rough blazing star (Liatris aspera)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

sideoats grama (Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula)

silky aster (Symphyotrichum sericeum)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

sky-blue aster (Symphyotrichum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

smooth yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula)

soft agrimony (Agrimonia pubescens)

staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

tall blue lettuce (Lactuca biennis)

tall cinquefoil (Drymocallis arguta)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

variegated yellow pond lily (Nuphar variegata)

violet wood sorrel (Oxalis violacea)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

Virginia spring beauty (Claytonia virginica var. virginica)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white oak (Quercus alba)

white prairie clover (Dalea candida var. candida)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white vervain (Verbena urticifolia)

white wild indigo (Baptisia lactea var. lactea)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

wood betony (Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

 

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Agastache scrophulariifolia (purple giant hyssop)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Agrimonia pubescens (soft agrimony)

Allium stellatum (prairie onion)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida var. trifida (giant ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. bracteata (American hog peanut)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardii (big bluestem)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Antennaria parlinii ssp. fallax (Parlin’s pussytoes)

Arabidopsis lyrata ssp. lyrata (lyre-leaved rock cress)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

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

Baptisia lactea var. lactea (white wild indigo)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Bidens connata (purple-stem beggarticks)

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula (sideoats grama)

Bouteloua hirsuta var. hirsuta (hairy grama)

Brickellia eupatorioides var. corymbulosa (false boneset)

Carya cordiformis (bitternut hickory)

Carya ovata (northern shagbark hickory)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Circaea lutetiana ssp. canadensis (broadleaf enchanter’s nightshade)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Claytonia virginica var. virginica (Virginia spring beauty)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Coreopsis palmata (prairie coreopsis)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Dalea candida var. candida (white prairie clover)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Daucus carota ssp. carota (Queen Anne’s lace)

Desmodium glutinosum (pointed-leaved tick-trefoil)

Desmodium illinoense (Illinois tick-trefoil)

Drymocallis arguta (tall cinquefoil)

Elymus hystrix (eastern bottlebrush grass)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge)

Eutrochium purpureum var. holzingeri (Holzinger’s eupatorium)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Helianthus pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lactuca biennis (tall blue lettuce)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Liatris aspera (rough blazing star)

Liatris cylindracea (cylindric blazing star)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Maianthemum racemosum var. racemosum (common false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Monarda punctata var. villicaulis (horsemint)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Nuphar variegata (variegated yellow pond lily)

Oenothera parviflora (northern evening primrose)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (ironwood)

Oxalis violacea (violet wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pedicularis canadensis ssp. canadensis (wood betony)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Persicaria lapathifolia (curlytop knotweed)

Persicaria virginiana (jumpseed)

Phryma leptostachya (American lopseed)

Physocarpus opulifolius var. intermedius (Atlantic ninebark)

Pilea pumila (Canadian clearweed)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Primula fassettii (jeweled shooting star)

Prunella vulgaris (heal-all)

Prunus americana (American plum)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Pseudognaphalium obtusifolium (rabbit-tobacco)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rhus typhina (staghorn sumac)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Sanicula canadensis (Canadian black snakeroot)

Sanicula odorata (clustered black snakeroot)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Silphium laciniatum (compass plant)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Solidago nemoralis (gray goldenrod)

Solidago ptarmicoides (prairie goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sporobolus heterolepis (prairie dropseed)

Symphyotrichum ciliolatum (Lindley’s aster)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum oolentangiense var. oolentangiense (sky-blue aster)

Symphyotrichum sericeum (silky aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron radicans ssp. negundo (eastern poison ivy)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

Verbena urticifolia (white vervain)

Viola pedata (birdfoot violet)

Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula (smooth yellow violet)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

American hazel

American hog peanut (var. bracteata)

Bird’s-foot Violet

black raspberry

bloodroot

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

chokecherry

common blue violet

common dandelion

common mullein

common yarrow

curlytop knotweed

eastern bottlebrush grass

eastern redcedar

false boneset

gray dogwood

gray-headed coneflower

hoary puccoon

jeweled shooting star

large-flowered bellwort

lyre-leaved rock cress

northern maidenhair

northern prickly ash

poke milkweed

prairie coreopsis

prairie onion

purple prairie clover

red clover

silky aster

stiff sunflower (ssp. subrhomboideus)

tall cinquefoil

variegated yellow pond lily

Virginia spring beauty

white snakeroot

wild leek

wood betony

yellow goat’s beard

 


 

 

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