Myhr Creek Ridge SNA

 

 

     
 
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Minnesota DNR

 
     
 

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Overview

 
 

From North Road heading south, the western edge of the SNA borders an area that has been logged and is now densely overgrown with young quaking aspen.

The area labeled as “Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northwestern)” is densely wooded and slow going due to much deadfall. The ground here is spongy but there is no standing water (August).

Just south of the swamp is an extensive blow-down area (2011). The progress is slow here due to extensive windthrow. This area is the Black Spruce - Jack Pine Woodland Complex. The blow-down area is the north-facing side of a hill that stretches the width of the SNA and much more. The climb is only about 200 yards but it seems much longer. Bunchberry is abundant here.

At the top of the hill the going is much easier. There is a sometimes discernible footpath leading from west to east. The footpath eventually leads to the south side of the Beaver Wetland Complex.

 
     
 

History

 
 

In late 2019 an 80-acre parcel bordering Myhr Creek Ridge SNA on the west was donated to the Minnesota Department of Natural Reaources and became a part of this SNA. The new section has not yet (3/7/2022) been added to the map on the DNR’s wep page or to the map on this page.

 
     
 

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Size

 
 

200 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

There is a small parking area – a widening of the road – on the south side of County Road 69 (North Road) at the location above (Parking). There is no wood SNA sign marking the site. In place of the familiar yellow SNA boundary signs there are brown “Scientific and Natural Area Rules” signs marking the corners of the site. These are located 30 yards east and 410 yards west of the parking area.

N47 50.726, W89 59.879

 
         
 

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          Cook County  
          Northeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

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

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Laurentian Mixed Forest

   
  Ecological Section    

Northern Superior Uplands

   
  Ecological Subsection    

North Shore Highlands

   
  Land Type Association    

North Shore Till Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype

Beaver Wetland Complex

Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northeastern)

Black Spruce - Jack Pine Woodland: Jack Pine - Balsam Fir Subtype

Northern Jack Pine/Black Spruce Woodland Complex

Northern Mesic Mixed Forest

Northern Wet Meadow Wet Forest Complex

Young Forest Complex

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

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Birds

 
 

Minnesota DNR Bird checklist

eBird Field Checklist

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

  Black-capped Chickadee  
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
  Artist’s Conk (Ganoderma applanatum)   Artist’s Conk  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
  mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)   mourning cloak  
 

Mammals

 
 

American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  whitetail deer  
 

Plants

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Alder - (Maple - Loosestrife) Swamp FPn73a

Aspen - Birch Forest: Balsam Fir Subtype FDn43b1

Black Ash - Conifer Swamp (Northeastern) WFn64a

Black Spruce - Jack Pine Woodland: Jack Pine - Balsam Fir Subtype FDn32c1

Northern Mesic Mixed Forest FDn43

     
 

 

alsike clover (Trifolium hybridum)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

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 ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black spruce (Picea mariana)

bluebead lily (Clintonia borealis)

bog birch (Betula pumila)

bunchberry (Cornus canadensis)

Canada mayflower (Maianthemum canadense)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

field clover (Trifolium campestre)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

field sow thistle (Sonchus arvensis)

fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium)

common self-heal (Prunella vulgaris)

Indianpipe (Monotropa uniflora)

interrupted fern (Claytosmunda claytoniana)

jack pine (Pinus banksiana)

mountain maple (Acer spicatum)

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

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

oxeye daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)

prickly rose (Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi)

purple meadow-rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

rabbit’s foot clover (Trifolium arvense)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea ssp. sericea)

rough bedstraw (Galium asprellum)

running clubmoss (Lycopodium clavatum)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

spotted lady’s thumb (Persicaria maculosa)

tall buttercup (Ranunculus acris var. acris)

thimbleberry (Rubus parviflorus)

timothy (Phleum pratense)

western bracken fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum)

white rattlesnake root (Nabalus albus)

white spruce (Picea glauca)

white sweet clover (Melilotus albus)

white turtlehead (Chelone glabra)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

yellow avens (Geum aleppicum)

 

Abies balsamea var. balsamea (balsam fir)

Acer spicatum (mountain maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Anaphalis margaritacea (pearly everlasting)

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

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Betula pumila (bog birch)

Chamerion angustifolium (fireweed)

Chelone glabra (white turtlehead)

Clintonia borealis (bluebead lily)

Cornus canadensis (bunchberry)

Cornus sericea ssp. sericea (red osier dogwood)

Corylus cornuta var. cornuta (beaked hazel)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Eurybia macrophylla (bigleaf aster)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Galium asprellum (rough bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Geum aleppicum (yellow avens)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Leucanthemum vulgare (oxeye daisy)

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

Lycopodium clavatum (running clubmoss)

Lysimachia borealis (American starflower)

Maianthemum canadense (Canada mayflower)

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

Matricaria discoidea (pineapple-weed)

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Melilotus albus (white sweet clover)

Monotropa uniflora (Indianpipe)

Nabalus albus (white rattlesnake root)

Claytosmunda claytoniana (interrupted fern)

Persicaria maculosa (spotted lady’s thumb)

Phleum pratense (timothy)

Picea glauca (white spruce)

Picea mariana (black spruce)

Pinus banksiana (jack pine)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunella vulgaris (common self-heal)

Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (western bracken fern)

Ranunculus acris var. acris (tall buttercup)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rosa acicularis ssp. sayi (prickly rose)

Rubus parviflorus (thimbleberry)

Sonchus arvensis (field sow thistle)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dasycarpum (purple meadow-rue)

Trifolium arvense (rabbit’s foot clover)

Trifolium campestre (field clover)

Trifolium hybridum (alsike clover)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

 

alsike clover

American cow parsnip

common dandelion

common false Solomon’s seal

common strawberry

common yarrow

field sow thistle

oxeye daisy

pearly everlasting

prickly rose

smooth sumac

tall buttercup

purple meadow-rue

wild geranium

 

 

 

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