Spring Beauty Northern Hardwoods SNA

               
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Area and County

Cook County

 

 

 


Size

558 acres (401 reported)

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Maps

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Parking Lot

N47 52.723, W89 59.648

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails (see Comments below)

 
Hunting

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


Ecological Classification

Province

Laurentian Mixed Forest

Ecological Classification

Section

Northern Superior Uplands

Subsection(s)

North Shore Highlands
Border Lakes

Land Type Association(s)

Northern Lights Lake Till Plain
Tettegouche Till Plain
North Shore Till Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Aspen - Birch Forest

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype

Northern Mesic Hardwood (Cedar) Forest

Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore)

Upland White Cedar Forest

Young Forest Complex


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Minnesota DNR


Comments

The Approach
To get to the parking area for this SNA a four-wheel drive vehicle with high clearance is recommended.

Parking
A parking lot for this site is on the south side of Tower Road next to the gate at the location above (Parking). The directions on the Minnesota DNR Website to this parking area are correct. The map that accompanies those directions is not.

Trails
The forest road continues beyond the gate to the fire lookout tower. Beyond that a decommissioned forest road continues west. The old road is is not maintained in any way. It is overgrown, in some areas densely overgrown. In many spots it is blocked by deadfall. However, it makes few sharp turns, and if lost it can be easily reacquired. It appears to come to an end 1¼ miles past the tower after almost completely looping back on itself.

 

Four-wheel drive recommended


Visits

8/12/2011

   

 

 

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Spring Beauty Northern Hardwoods SNA contains a rare, old-growth, northern hardwoods forest and several protected plant species associated only with these communities. The large size (over 400 acres) and location of this forest along the northern edge of its normal range make it particularly significant.

 
     

 

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Amphibians

wood frog (Rana sylvatica)

wood frog


Birds

One tracked bird species has been seen here:

 

Tracked

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

 
 

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

American Robin


Insects and Arachnids

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

cabbage white


Mammals

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

 

Special concern

moose (Alces americanus)

 
 

American black bear (Ursus americanus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

American black bear


Plants

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

 

Endangered

Chilean sweet cicely (Osmorhiza berteroi)

 

Special concern

blunt-fruited sweet cicely (Osmorhiza depauperata)

 
 

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

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Aspen - Birch Forest FDn43b

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn43b1

Northern Mesic Hardwood (Cedar) Forest MHn45

Sugar Maple Forest (North Shore) MHn45c

Upland White Cedar Forest FDn43c

 
 

 

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

American spurred gentian (Halenia deflexa ssp. deflexa)

American starflower (Lysimachia borealis)

balsam fir (Abies balsamea var. balsamea)

beaked hazel (Corylus cornuta var. cornuta)

bigleaf aster (Eurybia macrophylla)

bird’s-foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus)

black spruce (Picea mariana)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

brittlestem hempnettle (Galeopsis tetrahit)

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common plantain (Plantago major)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common tansy (Tanacetum vulgare)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

field clover (Trifolium campestre)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)

golden clover (Trifolium aureum)

green alder (Alnus viridis ssp. crispa)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hairy Solomon’s seal (Polygonatum pubescens)

heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)

interrupted fern (Osmunda claytoniana)

large-leaved avens (Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum)

low serviceberry (Amelanchier humilis)

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

northern white cedar (Thuja occidentalis)

orange hawkweed (Pilosella aurantiaca)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

pale touch-me-not (Impatiens pallida)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

pin cherry (Prunus pensylvanica var. pensylvanica)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rabbit’s foot clover (Trifolium arvense)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

rose twisted-stalk (Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

round-headed bush clover (Lespedeza capitata)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

running clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium maculatum)

spotted touch-me-not (Impatiens capensis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tall blue lettuce (Lactuca biennis)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris)

tall meadow rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

velvet-leaf blueberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white baneberry (Actaea pachypoda)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wild sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)

 

Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Actaea pachypoda (white baneberry)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Alnus viridis ssp. crispa (green alder)

Amelanchier humilis (low serviceberry)

Anaphalis margaritacea (pearly everlasting)

Aralia nudicaulis (wild sarsaparilla)

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

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Chamerion angustifolium (fireweed)

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Corylus cornuta var. cornuta (beaked hazel)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Eutrochium maculatum (spotted Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galeopsis tetrahit (brittlestem hempnettle)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Geum macrophyllum var. perincisum (large-leaved avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Halenia deflexa ssp. deflexa (American spurred gentian)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Impatiens capensis (spotted touch-me-not)

Impatiens pallida (pale touch-me-not)

Lactuca biennis (tall blue lettuce)

Lespedeza capitata (round-headed bush clover)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

Lotus corniculatus var. corniculatus (bird’s-foot trefoil)

Lycopodium clavatum (running clubmoss)

Lysimachia borealis (American starflower)

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

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea mariana (black spruce)

Pilosella aurantiaca (orange hawkweed)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Plantago major (common plantain)

Polygonatum pubescens (hairy Solomon’s seal)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Prunella vulgaris (heal-all)

Prunus pensylvanica var. pensylvanica (pin cherry)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Ranunculus acris (tall buttercup)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus parviflorus (thimbleberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Streptopus lanceolatus var. longipipes (rose twisted-stalk)

Tanacetum vulgare (common tansy)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (tall meadow rue)

Thuja occidentalis (northern white cedar)

Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover)

Trifolium aureum (golden clover)

Trifolium campestre (field clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Vaccinium myrtilloides (velvet-leaf blueberry)

alsike clover

American cow parsnip

balsam fir

common dandelion

common false Solomon’s seal

common strawberry

common tansy

common yarrow

interrupted fern

northern lady fern

orange hawkweed

oxeye daisy

pearly everlasting

pineapple-weed

rough cinquefoil

round-headed bush clover

spotted touch-me-not

tall meadow rue

white baneberry

wild parsnip

 

 


 

 

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