Partch Woods SNA


Area and County

    Stearns County
    Central Minnesota

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124 acres


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N45 37.579, W94 22.296

Hiking Trails

No maintained trails


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal


Hardwood Hills

Land Type Association(s)

Holdingford Till Plain

Native Plant Communities1

Black Ash - (Red Maple) Seepage Swamp

Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till)

Sedge Meadow

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Minnesota DNR


Important Bird Area
This SNA is included in the Avon Hills Important Bird Area, a relatively intact, a 72,000 acre site that also includes Avon Hills Forest SNA, three waterfowl production areas, and St. John’s University campus.








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Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till)

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American toad (Anaxyrus americanus)

American toad


Two bird species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:


Special concern

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)


Minnesota DNR Bird checklist


Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Eastern Wood-peewee (Contopus virens)

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis)

Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wild Turkey

Fungi and Lichens

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fungus List

Insects and

Arctic skipper (Carterocephalus palaemon)

common harvestman (Phalangium opilio)

forest tent caterpillar moth (Malacosoma disstria)

friendly fly (Sarcophaga aldrichi)

geometer moth (Geometridae)

harvestman (Leiobunum spp.)

Arctic skipper


whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

whitetail deer

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Black Ash - (Red Maple) Seepage Swamp WFn57a

Red Oak - Basswood Forest (Noncalcareous Till) MHc36a

Sedge Meadow WMn82b



absinth wormwood (Artemisia absinthium)

alfalfa (Medicago sativa ssp. sativa)

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American bugleweed (Lycopus americanus)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hog peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American vetch (Vicia americana ssp. americana)

balsam groundsel (Packera paupercula)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

bluntleaf sandwort (Moehringia lateriflora)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

clustered black snakeroot (Sanicula odorata)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern leatherwood (Dirca palustris)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

giant ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

hooked buttercup (Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

narrow-leaved cattail (Typha angustifolia)

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

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

Philadelphia fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus)

rattlesnake fern (Botrypus virginianus)

red clover (Trifolium pratense)

round-lobed hepatica (Anemone americana)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

small-spike false nettle (Boehmeria cylindrica)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

smooth yellow violet (Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula)

speckled alder (Alnus incana ssp. rugosa)

stinging nettle (Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

tamarack (Larix laricina)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

water horsetail (Equisetum fluviatile)

western poison ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)

white clover (Trifolium repens)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild leek (Allium tricoccum)

winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)

yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta)


Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Achillea millefolium (common yarrow)

Allium tricoccum (wild leek)

Alnus incana ssp. rugosa (speckled alder)

Ambrosia trifida (giant ragweed)

Amphicarpaea bracteata (American hog peanut)

Anemone americana (round-lobed hepatica)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Artemisia absinthium (absinth wormwood)

Asarum canadense (wild ginger)

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

Barbarea vulgaris (winter cress)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Boehmeria cylindrica (small-spike false nettle)

Botrypus virginianus (rattlesnake fern)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Dirca palustris (eastern leatherwood)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Equisetum fluviatile (water horsetail)

Erigeron philadelphicus var. philadelphicus (Philadelphia fleabane)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Larix laricina (tamarack)

Lycopus americanus (American bugleweed)

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

Matteuccia struthiopteris var. pensylvanica (ostrich fern)

Medicago sativa ssp. sativa (alfalfa)

Moehringia lateriflora (bluntleaf sandwort)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Oxalis stricta (yellow wood sorrel)

Packera paupercula (balsam groundsel)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus recurvatus var. recurvatus (hooked buttercup)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Sanicula odorata (clustered black snakeroot)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Toxicodendron rydbergii (western poison ivy)

Trifolium pratense (red clover)

Trifolium repens (white clover)

Typha angustifolia (narrow-leaved cattail)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis (stinging nettle)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Vicia americana ssp. americana (American vetch)

Viola pubescens var. scabriuscula (smooth yellow violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

absinth wormwood

American vetch

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

common dandelion

common false Solomon’s seal

common yarrow

early meadow-rue

fragrant bedstraw

large-flowered bellwort

round-lobed hepatica

western poison ivy

wild geranium

wild ginger

winter cress

yellow marsh marigold

yellow wood sorrel




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