Wykoff Balsam Fir SNA

       
   

Area and County

    Fillmore County
    Southeast Minnesota
     
 

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Size

151 acres

 
 
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Parking

Good Earth Village Office (ask permission)
N43 43.255, W92 18.229

 
Hiking Trails

No maintained trails

 
Hunting

No hunting

 
Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification
Section  

Paleozoic Plateau

Subsection(s)  

The Blufflands
Rochester Plateau

Land Type Association(s)

Elba Slopes

Stewartville Plain

 
Native Plant Communities1

Algific Talus: Limestone Subtype

Black Ash - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Blue Beech) Seepage Swamp

Mesic Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern)

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest

Southern Dry Cliff

Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest

White Pine - Oak - Sugar Maple Forest

White Pine - Sugar Maple - Basswood Forest (Cold Slope)

 
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Minnesota DNR

 
Comments

Closed May 1 through August 15

The sanctuary portion of this site is sensitive to disturbance and is closed to the public.

 
Visits

5/17/2011

   

 

 

 

 

       
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  Wykoff Balsam Fir SNA    
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About

Wykoff Balsam Fir Scientific and Natural Area is located in Fillmore County in southeastern Minnesota. This SNA has many unique plants, some of which grow on nearly vertical cool talus slopes (climbing on the slopes is prohibited due to their ecological fragility, though they can be viewed without climbing). Other interesting plants, such as False Mermaidweed, can be found away from the slopes.

 
     

 

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Plants

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

 

Endangered

Iowa golden saxifrage (Chrysosplenium iowense)

purple rocket (Iodanthus pinnatifidus)

 

Threatened

false mermaid-weed (Floerkea proserpinacoides)

glade fern (Diplazium pycnocarpon)

 

Special concern

Goldie’s woodfern (Dryopteris goldiana)

green dragon (Arisaema dracontium)

northern oak fern (Gymnocarpium robertianum)

silver false spleenwort (Deparia acrostichoides)

Wolf’s bluegrass (Poa wolfii)

yellow pimpernel (Taenidia integerrima)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Algific Talus: Limestone Subtype CTs46a1

Black Ash - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Blue Beech) Seepage Swamp WFs57b

Mesic Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern) CTs33b

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland FDs38a

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

Southern Dry Cliff CTs12

Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest MHs49

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest MHs39b

White Pine - Oak - Sugar Maple Forest MHs38a

White Pine - Sugar Maple - Basswood Forest (Cold Slope) MHc38a

 

 

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