Prairie Smoke Dunes SNA

 

 

     
 
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Location
 
 

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Size

 
 

1,280 acres reported

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

East Parking Lot (MN Highway 32)
N47 27.669, W96 16.903

South Parking Lot (Norman County Road 7)
N47 27.400, W96 18.492

 
         
 

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          Norman County  
          Northwest Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

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

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Prairie Parkland Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Red River Valley

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Red River Prairie

   
  Land Type Association    

Barnesville Beach Complex

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Northern)

Green Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest

Northwestern Wet-Mesic Aspen Woodland

Sedge Meadow

Wet Brush-Prairie (Northern)

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

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South Parking Lot

 
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Wood Routed Sign

 
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East Parking

 
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Dunes

 
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Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Northern)

 
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Green Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest

 
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Wet Brush-Prairie (Northern)

 
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Visits

8/17/2010

  8/20/2012            
 
 

Birds

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Barn Swallow (Hirundo rustica)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Northern Harrier (Circus hudsonius)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-tailed Hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

 

Black-capped Chickadee

Pileated Woodpecker

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
  Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)   Black Knot  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Insects List

 
 

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

goldenrod spindle-gall moth (Gnorimoschema gallaesolidaginis)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis)

oak rough bulletgall wasp (Disholcaspis quercusmamma)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

 

goldenrod bunch gall midge

goldenrod gall fly

monarch

 
 

Mammals

 
 

eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer  
 

Plants

 
 

Five plant species with conservation status in Minnesota are found here:

Endangered

Indian ricegrass (Achnatherum hymenoides)

western prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera praeclara)

Threatened

beaked skeletonweed (Shinnersoseris rostrata)

Special Concern

northern singlespike sedge (Carex scirpoidea ssp. scirpoidea)

purple sand grass (Triplasis purpurea)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Dry Barrens Oak Savanna (Northern) UPn13b

Green Ash - Bur Oak - Elm Forest MHw36a

Northwestern Wet-Mesic Aspen Woodland FDw44

Sedge Meadow WMn82b

Wet Brush-Prairie (Northern) WPn53b

     
 

 

absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American hazel (Corylus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

arctic brome (Bromus kalmii)

asparagus (Asparagus officinalis)

balsam poplar (Populus balsamifera)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bottle gentian (Gentiana andrewsii)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

broad-leaved cattail (Typha latifolia)

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

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

Canadian honewort (Cryptotaenia canadensis)

Canadian horseweed (Conyza canadensis)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

chicory (Cichorium intybus)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

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

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern bottlebrush grass (Elymus hystrix)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field sagewort (Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

giant goldenrod (Solidago gigantea)

giant sumpweed (Cyclachaena xanthiifolia)

golden alexanders (Zizia aurea)

grass-leaved goldenrod (Euthamia graminifolia)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hairy false goldenaster (Heterotheca villosa)

hairy four o’clock (Mirabilis albida)

Indian hemp (Apocynum cannabinum)

leadplant (Amorpha canescens)

little bluestem (Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium)

long-spine sandbur (Cenchrus longispinus)

Maryland black snakeroot (Sanicula marilandica)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

northern bedstraw (Galium boreale)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

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

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

plumeless thistle (Carduus acanthoides ssp. acanthoides)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

purple lovegrass (Eragrostis spectabilis)

quackgrass (Elymus repens)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

slender Russian thistle (Salsola collina)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

starry false Solomon’s seal (Maianthemum stellatum)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

tall meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

water smartweed (Persicaria amphibia)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white heath aster (Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides)

white panicled aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)

white sage (Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow goat’s beard (Tragopogon dubius)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Amorpha canescens (leadplant)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Apocynum cannabinum (Indian hemp)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Artemisia campestris ssp. caudata (field sagewort)

Artemisia ludoviciana ssp. ludoviciana (white sage)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Asparagus officinalis (asparagus)

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

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Bromus kalmii (arctic brome)

Carduus acanthoides (plumeless thistle)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cenchrus longispinus (long-spine sandbur)

Cichorium intybus (chicory)

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

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Conyza canadensis (Canadian horseweed)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Corylus americana (American hazel)

Cryptotaenia canadensis (Canadian honewort)

Cyclachaena xanthiifolia (giant sumpweed)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Elymus hystrix (eastern bottlebrush grass)

Elymus repens (quackgrass)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Eragrostis spectabilis (purple lovegrass)

Euthamia graminifolia (grass-leaved goldenrod)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium boreale (northern bedstraw)

Gentiana andrewsii (bottle gentian)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Heterotheca villosa (hairy false goldenaster)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Maianthemum stellatum (starry false Solomon’s seal)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Mirabilis albida (hairy four o’clock)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Persicaria amphibia (water smartweed)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Pinus sylvestris (Scotch pine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Salsola collina (slender Russian thistle)

Sanicula marilandica (Maryland black snakeroot)

Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Solidago gigantea (giant goldenrod)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides (white heath aster)

Symphyotrichum lanceolatum (white panicled aster)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Tragopogon dubius (yellow goat’s beard)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Typha latifolia (broad-leaved cattail)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zizia aurea (golden alexanders)

 

alsike clover

American hazel

big bluestem

bottle gentian

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone

Canada wildrye

chicory

chokecherry

common evening primrose

common false Solomon’s seal

eastern bottlebrush grass

golden alexanders

leadplant

long-spine sandbur

northern bedstraw

prairie rose

purple lovegrass

rough cinquefoil

Scotch pine

spreading dogbane

tall meadow-rue

yellow goat’s beard

yellow sweet clover

 

 

 

 

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