Neal WMA


Area and County

    Norman County
    Northwest Minnesota

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1833.86 acres


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There is a parking area on the north side of County Road 39 (120th Ave.) 0.9 miles east of County Road 28 (330th St.).
N47 10.838, W96 20.775

There is another parking area on the west side of 348th St. (a minimum maintenance road) 0.6 mile south of 140th Ave.
N47 11.676, W96 20.608

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Deer, Small Game, Waterfowl. See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

Ecological Classification Province  

Prairie Parkland Province

Ecological Classification

Red River Valley


Red River Prairie

Land Type Association(s)

Barnesville Beach Complex

Native Plant Communities1

Basin Meadow/Carr

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Prairie)

Mesic Prairie (Northern)

Northwestern Wet-Mesic Aspen Woodland

Prairie Meadow/Carr

Wet Prairie (Northern)

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Minnesota DNR


In 2014, The Nature Conservancy transferred 160 acres of its Twin Valley Prairie SNA preserve to the Minnesota DNR. That land became part of Neal WMA.

Prescribed burns were conducted in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2008, 2013, and 2018. A large wildfire passed through the site in 2011 and another in 2015. Brush removal began in August–September 2018.

Wet Prairie
Most of Neal WMA is wet brush prairie. Over half of the site is seasonally flooded. There is mesic prairie on the western third and at the southeast corner.

Prairie Restoration
The western portion of the WMA, from the north parking area to the western boundary and south to County Road 39, is restored and planted tall grass prairie.








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


Special concern

Greater Prairie-chicken (Tympanuchus cupido)


eBird Field Checklist


American Woodcock (Scolopax minor)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis tabida)

Northern Harrier

Insects and Arachnids

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod soldier beetle (Chauliognathus pennsylvanicus)

goldenrod soldier beetle


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


Special concern

prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster)


Black bear has been seen on this site.


One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:


Special concern

small white lady’s slipper (Cypripedium candidum)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Basin Meadow/Carr WMs92a

Cattail - Sedge Marsh (Prairie) MRp83a

Mesic Prairie (Northern) UPn23b

Northwestern Wet-Mesic Aspen Woodland FDw44

Prairie Meadow/Carr WMp73a

Wet Prairie (Northern) WPn53c



American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American pasqueflower (Anemone patens var. multifida)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

Flodman’s thistle (Cirsium flodmanii)

fox sedge (Carex vulpinoidea)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grooved yellow flax (Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum)

harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)

hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium ssp. angulata)

hoary puccoon (Lithospermum canescens)

Indiangrass (Sorghastrum nutans)

Leiberg’s panic grass (Dichanthelium leibergii)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

marsh vetchling (Lathyrus palustris)

Maximilian’s sunflower (Helianthus maximiliani)

pale bulrush (Scirpus pallidus)

palespike lobelia (Lobelia spicata)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

prairie violet (Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida)

purple prairie clover (Dalea purpurea var. purpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rough dropseed (Sporobolus compositus)

shorthair goldenrod (Solidago altissima ssp. gilvocanescens)

showy blue lettuce (Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella)

silverleaf scurfpea (Pediomelum argophyllum)

slender-leaf false foxglove (Agalinis tenuifolia)

stiff goldenrod (Solidago rigida ssp. rigida)

stiff sunflower (Helianthus pauciflorus)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

Torrey’s rush (Juncus torreyi)

Virginia mountain mint (Pycnanthemum virginianum)

western ragweed (Ambrosia psilostachya)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)


Agalinis tenuifolia (slender-leaf false foxglove)

Ambrosia psilostachya (western ragweed)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone patens var. multifida (American pasqueflower)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Calystegia sepium. ssp. angulata (hedge bindweed)

Campanula rotundifolia (harebell)

Carex vulpinoidea (fox sedge)

Cirsium flodmanii (Flodman’s thistle)

Dalea purpurea var. purpurea (purple prairie clover)

Dichanthelium leibergii (Leiberg’s panic grass)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Helianthus maximiliani (Maximilian’s sunflower)

Helianthus pauciflorus (stiff sunflower)

Juncus torreyi (Torrey’s rush)

Lactuca tatarica ssp. pulchella (showy blue lettuce)

Lathyrus palustris (marsh vetchling)

Linum sulcatum var. sulcatum (grooved yellow flax)

Lithospermum canescens (hoary puccoon)

Lobelia spicata (palespike lobelia)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Pediomelum argophyllum (silverleaf scurfpea)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Pycnanthemum virginianum (Virginia mountain mint)

Rudbeckia hirta var. pulcherrima (black-eyed Susan)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Scirpus pallidus (pale bulrush)

Solidago altissima ssp. gilvocanescens (shorthair goldenrod)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Solidago rigida ssp. rigida (stiff goldenrod)

Sorghastrum nutans (Indiangrass)

Sporobolus compositus (rough dropseed)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Viola pedatifida var. pedatifida (prairie violet)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

American pasqueflower

black-eyed susan

common strawberry

Flodman’s thistle


hoary puccoon

Maximilian’s sunflower

prairie violet

purple prairie clover

slender-leaf false foxglove

Virginia mountain mint

white sweet clover





Created: 1/31/2020

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