Cherry Grove Blind Valley SNA

 

 

     
 
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Cherry Grove Blind Valley SNA is just south of Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park. It is bordered to the north by the Cherry Grove State Wildlife Management Area. Just across the road (193rd Avenue) from the parking spot is the privately owned Minnesota Karst Preserve, Goliath’s Cave section.

The protected feature of this SNA is the underground cave system, which connects to caves in Forestville State Park. Access to the gated cave system for qualified spelunkers requires written permission. The only above-ground feature mentioned by the Minnesota DNR on their Web page for this SNA are “sinkholes filled with scrub trees.” The non-wooded portion of the site was an agricultural meadow and was until recently mowed every summer. It is now (2018) a prairie reconstruction.

 
     
 

History

 
 

 

 
     
 

Management

 
 

Invasive buckthorn removal is an ongoing project.

 
     
 

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Size

 
 

40 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

N43 34.914, W92 15.851

 
         
 

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          Fillmore County  
          Southeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails.

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

No hunting

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Paleozoic Plateau

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Rochester Plateau

   
  Land Type Association    

Stewartville Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Not mapped (10/11/2021)

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

Natural Features

     
 

Prairie reconstruction, oak forest, sinkholes, cave, sinking streams, and a blind valley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Periodic Flooding

During and after a heavy rain, the low areas, including most of the wooded portion, may be covered in water. The water flows into sinkholes and soon disappears underground.

           
 
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Cherry Grove WMA

 
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Minnesota Karst Preserve

 
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About

Deep in karst country, the only above-ground clues to Goliath Cave in Cherry Grove Blind Valley SNA are sinkholes filled with scrub trees. Below ground, this huge cave system has at least four cave entrances, numerous connecting sinkholes, several disappearing streams, and extremely rare speleothem formations (secondary mineral deposits caused by water evaporation in a cave) with iron pyrite.

 

 

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Visits

10/28/2008

  4/17/2009  

7/20/2012

  6/16/2018    
 
 

Bacteria, Viruses, and Other Pathogens

 
  apical chlorosis of Canada thistle (Pst) (Pseudomonas syringae pv. tagetis)   Pst  
 

Birds

 
 

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Brown-headed Cowbird (Molothrus ater)

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida)

Common Yellowthroat (Geothlypis trichas)

Dickcissel (Spiza americana)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis)

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon)

Killdeer (Charadrius vociferus)

Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla)

Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus)

Red-bellied Woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus)

Red-headed Woodpecker (Melanerpes erythrocephalus)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

 

American Goldfinch

American Robin

Black-capped Chickadee

Brown-headed Cowbird

Mourning Dove

Northern Cardinal

White-breasted Nuthatch

 
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
 

Chicken of the Woods (Laetiporus sulphureus)

Dryad’s Saddle (Cerioporus squamosus)

Crown Rust (Puccinia coronata)

Thin-Walled Maze Polypore (Daedaleopsis confragosa)

  Dryad’s Saddle  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
 

American lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

cabbage white (Pieris rapae)

Carolina grasshopper (Dissosteira carolina)

common wood nymph (Cercyonis pegala)

dog day cicada (Neotibicen canicularis)

eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus)

goldenrod bunch gall midge (Rhopalomyia solidaginis)

goldenrod gall fly (Eurosta solidaginis)

grape phylloxera (Daktulosphaira vitifoliae)

hackberry nipplegall maker (Pachypsylla celtidismamma)

harvestman (Leiobunum spp.)

monarch (Danaus plexippus)

oak leaf gall midge (Polystepha pilulae)

orange sulphur (Colias eurytheme)

red admiral (Vanessa atalanta)

 

American lady

Carolina grasshopper

goldenrod bunch gall midge

monarch

 
 

Mammals

 
 

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)

meadow vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus)

plains pocket gopher (Geomys bursarius)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  eastern chipmunk  
 

Plants

 
 

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

Endangered

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Special Concern

nodding wild onion (Allium cernuum var. cernuum)

 
 

 

Abutilon theophrasti (velvet-leaf)

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer saccharinum (silver maple)

Actaea rubra ssp. rubra (red baneberry)

Adiantum pedatum (northern maidenhair)

Ageratina altissima var. altissima (white snakeroot)

Agrimonia gryposepala (common agrimony)

Agrimonia pubescens (soft agrimony)

Agrimonia striata (roadside agrimony)

Allium cernuum var. cernuum (nodding wild onion)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Ambrosia artemisiifolia (common ragweed)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa (American hog peanut)

Andropogon gerardi (big bluestem)

Anemone cylindrica (candle anemone)

Anemone virginiana (tall thimbleweed)

Angelica atropurpurea (purple-stem angelica)

Apocynum androsaemifolium (spreading dogbane)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asclepias exaltata (poke milkweed)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

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

Bromus inermis (smooth brome)

Caulophyllum thalictroides (blue cohosh)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Chenopodium album (common lamb’s-quarters)

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

Cirsium arvense (Canada thistle)

Cirsium discolor (field thistle)

Cirsium vulgare (bull thistle)

Cornus racemosa (gray dogwood)

Dioscorea villosa (wild yam)

Echinocystis lobata (wild cucumber)

Elymus virginicus (Virginia wildrye)

Erigeron annuus (annual fleabane)

Erigeron strigosus (prairie fleabane)

Euphorbia corollata (flowering spurge)

Eutrochium purpureum (sweet Joe Pye weed)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galeopsis tetrahit (brittlestem hempnettle)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw)

Galium concinnum (shining bedstraw)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum canadense (white avens)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hackelia virginiana (Virginia stickseed)

Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra (smooth oxeye)

Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Impatiens pallida (pale touch-me-not)

Juglans cinerea (butternut)

Juglans nigra (black walnut)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Lactuca serriola (prickly lettuce)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

Lathyrus venosus var. intonsus) (veiny pea)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Lobelia kalmii (Kalm’s lobelia)

Lonicera morrowii (Morrow’s honeysuckle)

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

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

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Melilotus officinalis (yellow sweet clover)

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Monarda fistulosa (wild bergamot)

Nepeta cataria (catnip)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Parthenocissus quinquefolia (Virginia creeper)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Persicaria virginiana (jumpseed)

Phalaris arundinacea (reed canary grass)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Pilea pumila (Canadian clearweed)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Podophyllum peltatum (May-apple)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Potentilla norvegica (rough cinquefoil)

Potentilla simplex (common cinquefoil)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ratibida pinnata (gray-headed coneflower)

Rhamnus cathartica (common buckthorn)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Ribes missouriense (Missouri gooseberry)

Rosa arkansana (prairie rose)

Rosa blanda var. blanda (smooth rose)

Rubus allegheniensis (Allegheny blackberry)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Rubus occidentalis (black raspberry)

Rumex crispus (curly dock)

Sambucus canadensis (American elderberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Scrophularia lanceolata (early figwort)

Silene latifolia ssp. alba (white campion)

Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum (cup plant)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax lasioneura (Blue Ridge carrionflower)

Solanum dulcamara (bittersweet nightshade)

Solanum ptychanthum (eastern black nightshade)

Solidago altissima (late goldenrod)

Symphyotrichum cordifolium (common blue wood aster)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Teucrium canadense (American germander)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus rubra (slippery elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

 

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

Allegheny blackberry (Rubus allegheniensis)

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American germander (Teucrium canadense)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata var. comosa)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

annual fleabane (Erigeron annuus)

big bluestem (Andropogon gerardi)

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

bittersweet nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis)

black walnut (Juglans nigra)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides)

Blue Ridge carrionflower (Smilax lasioneura)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

brittlestem hempnettle (Galeopsis tetrahit)

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

bull thistle (Cirsium vulgare)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

butternut (Juglans cinerea)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canada thistle (Cirsium arvense)

Canadian clearweed (Pilea pumila)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

candle anemone (Anemone cylindrica)

catnip (Nepeta cataria)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common agrimony (Agrimonia gryposepala)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common blue wood aster (Symphyotrichum cordifolium)

common buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common cinquefoil (Potentilla simplex)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

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

common lamb’s-quarters (Chenopodium album)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

cup plant (Silphium perfoliatum var. perfoliatum)

curly dock (Rumex crispus)

early figwort (Scrophularia lanceolata)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern black nightshade (Solanum ptychanthum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

field thistle (Cirsium discolor)

flowering spurge (Euphorbia corollata)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

gray dogwood (Cornus racemosa)

gray-headed coneflower (Ratibida pinnata)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

jumpseed (Persicaria virginiana)

Kalm’s lobelia (Lobelia kalmii)

late goldenrod (Solidago altissima)

May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

Missouri gooseberry (Ribes missouriense)

Morrow’s honeysuckle (Lonicera morrowii)

nodding wild onion (Allium cernuum var. cernuum)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

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

northern maidenhair (Adiantum pedatum)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

pale touch-me-not (Impatiens pallida)

poke milkweed (Asclepias exaltata)

prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus)

prairie rose (Rosa arkansana)

prickly lettuce (Lactuca serriola)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

purple-stem angelica (Angelica atropurpurea)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red baneberry (Actaea rubra ssp. rubra)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea)

roadside agrimony (Agrimonia striata)

rough bedstraw (Galium asprellum)

rough cinquefoil (Potentilla norvegica)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

shining bedstraw (Galium concinnum)

silver maple (Acer saccharinum)

slippery elm (Ulmus rubra)

smooth brome (Bromus inermis)

smooth oxeye (Heliopsis helianthoides var. scabra)

smooth rose (Rosa blanda var. blanda)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

soft agrimony (Agrimonia pubescens)

spreading dogbane (Apocynum androsaemifolium)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sweet Joe Pye weed (Eutrochium purpureum)

tall thimbleweed (Anemone virginiana)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

veiny pea (Lathyrus venosus var. intonsus)

velvet-leaf (Abutilon theophrasti)

Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia)

Virginia stickseed (Hackelia virginiana)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

Virginia wildrye (Elymus virginicus)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white avens (Geum canadense)

white campion (Silene latifolia ssp. alba)

white snakeroot (Ageratina altissima var. altissima)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

wild bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild cucumber (Echinocystis lobata)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow sweet clover (Melilotus officinalis)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

 

Allegheny blackberry

alsike clover

American elderberry

American germander

black cherry

black raspberry

blue cohosh

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

catnip

common blue violet

common evening primrose

common false Solomon’s seal

common mullein

cup plant

eastern prickly gooseberry

field thistle

gray-headed coneflower

gray dogwood

Morrow’s honeysuckle

nodding wild onion

northern pin oak

orange daylily

poke milkweed

red baneberry

red elderberry

smooth rose

spreading dogbane

purple meadow-rue

velvet-leaf

Virginia waterleaf

wild bergamot

wild columbine

wild geranium

wild parsnip

yellow sweet clover

 

 

 

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