Prairie Creek Woods SNA

 

 

     
 
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Overview

 
 

Prairie Creek Woods SNA lies within Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.

 
     
 

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Management

 
 

 

 
     
 

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Location
 
 

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Size

 
 

93 acres

 
         
 

Parking

 
 

Parking on the shoulder at the curve in the road, which the Minnesota DNR suggests, is not safe for you or for other drivers who will not see your car until they are almost upon it. Park instead in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park and hike to the SNA.

Road Shoulder
N44 21.760, W93 5.852

Nerstrand Big Woods State Park
N44 20.606, W93 6.382

 
         
 

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          Rice County  
          Southeast Minnesota  
     
 
Activities
 
 

Hiking Trails

 
 

No maintained trails

 
     
 

Hunting

 
 

Muzzleloader deer only by permit, in conjunction with Nerstrand Big Woods State Park See Hunting and Trapping Regulations (MN DNR) for details.

 
     
 
Ecology
 
 

Ecological Classification

  Ecological Classification  
  Ecological Province    

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

   
  Ecological Section    

Minnesota & NE Iowa Morainal

   
  Ecological Subsection    

Oak Savanna

   
  Land Type Association    

Hayfield Till Plain

   
             
 

Native Plant Communities*

   
 

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest

Southern Mesic Oak-Basswood Forest

Southern Terrace Forest

Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest

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

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Kirk Nelson

 
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Wood Routed Sign

 
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Deer Exclusion Fence

 
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Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

 
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Intermittent Stream

 
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Patrick Mader

 
 

June 19, 2022

2 young deer; falls is only trickling

     
         
 

Mammals

 
 

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

     
           
 
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Visits

6/1/2011                
 
 

Birds

 
 

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus)

  Indigo Bunting  
 

Fishes

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Fishes List

 
         
 

Fungi and Lichens

 
  Black Knot (Apiosporina morbosa)   Black Knot  
 

Insects and Arachnids

 
  multicolored Asian lady beetle (Harmonia axyridis)   multicolored Asian lady beetle  
 

Mammals

 
 

eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

  eastern chipmunk  
 

Plants

 
 

One plant species with conservation status in Minnesota is found here:

Endangered

Minnesota dwarf trout lily (Erythronium propullans)

 
 

Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas and Minnesota Biological Survey Vegetation Releves Plant List

 
 

Plants frequently found in:

Southern Mesic Maple-Basswood Forest MHs39

Southern Mesic Oak-Basswood Forest MHs38

Southern Terrace Forest FFs59

Southern Wet-Mesic Hardwood Forest MHs49

     
 

 

American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

American red raspberry (Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus)

black ash (Fraxinus nigra)

black cherry (Prunus serotina var. serotina)

black-seeded plantain (Plantago rugelii var. rugelii)

bland sweet cicely (Osmorhiza claytonii)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

boxelder (Acer negundo var. negundo)

bristly greenbrier (Smilax tamnoides)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone (Anemone canadensis)

Canada moonseed (Menispermum canadense)

Canadian wild ginger (Asarum canadense)

Canadian woodnettle (Laportea canadensis)

chokecherry (Prunus virginiana var. virginiana)

cinnamon fern (Osmundastrum cinnamomeum)

cleavers (Galium aparine)

common blue violet (Viola sororia)

common dandelion (Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale)

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

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

dotted hawthorn (Crataegus punctata)

early meadow-rue (Thalictrum dioicum)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

field horsetail (Equisetum arvense)

fragrant bedstraw (Galium triflorum)

garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata)

green ash (Fraxinus pennsylvanica)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

kidney-leaved buttercup (Ranunculus abortivus)

large-flowered bellwort (Uvularia grandiflora)

Minnesota dwarf trout lily (Erythronium propullans)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

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

northern prickly ash (Zanthoxylum americanum)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

thyme-leaved speedwell (Veronica serpyllifolia)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

red elderberry (Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa)

red maple (Acer rubrum var. rubrum)

rock elm (Ulmus thomasii)

rosy sedge (Carex rosea)

round-leaved dogwood (Cornus rugosa)

sensitive fern (Onoclea sensibilis)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

smooth sumac (Rhus glabra)

sugar maple (Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum)

upright carrionflower (Smilax ecirrhata)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

white trout lily (Erythronium albidum)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild grape (Vitis riparia)

wild yam (Dioscorea villosa)

winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris)

woodbine (Parthenocissus vitacea)

 

Acer negundo var. negundo (boxelder)

Acer rubrum var. rubrum (red maple)

Acer saccharum ssp. saccharum (sugar maple)

Alliaria petiolata (garlic mustard)

Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Anemone canadensis (Canada anemone)

Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine)

Arisaema triphyllum (jack-in-the-pulpit)

Asarum canadense (Canadian wild ginger)

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

Barbarea vulgaris (winter cress)

Carex rosea (rosy sedge)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cornus rugosa (round-leaved dogwood)

Crataegus punctata (dotted hawthorn)

Dioscorea villosa (wild yam)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum arvense (field horsetail)

Erythronium albidum (white trout lily)

Erythronium propullans (Minnesota dwarf trout lily)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Fraxinus nigra (black ash)

Fraxinus pennsylvanica (green ash)

Galium aparine (cleavers)

Galium triflorum (fragrant bedstraw)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Laportea canadensis (Canadian woodnettle)

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

Menispermum canadense (Canada moonseed)

Onoclea sensibilis (sensitive fern)

Osmorhiza claytonii (bland sweet cicely)

Osmundastrum cinnamomeum (cinnamon fern)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Parthenocissus vitacea (woodbine)

Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii (wild blue phlox)

Plantago rugelii var. rugelii (black-seeded plantain)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Prunus serotina var. serotina (black cherry)

Prunus virginiana var. virginiana (chokecherry)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus abortivus (kidney-leaved buttercup)

Rhus glabra (smooth sumac)

Rubus idaeus ssp. strigosus (American red raspberry)

Sambucus racemosa var. racemosa (red elderberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Smilax ecirrhata (upright carrionflower)

Smilax tamnoides (bristly greenbrier)

Taraxacum officinale ssp. officinale (common dandelion)

Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

Tilia americana var. americana (American basswood)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Ulmus thomasii (rock elm)

Uvularia grandiflora (large-flowered bellwort)

Veronica serpyllifolia (thyme-leaved speedwell)

Viola sororia (common blue violet)

Vitis riparia (wild grape)

Zanthoxylum americanum (northern prickly ash)

 

American cow parsnip

black cherry

bur oak (var. macrocarpa)

Canada anemone

chokecherry

common blue violet

eastern false rue anemone

large-flowered bellwort

northern prickly ash

sharp-lobed hepatica

smooth sumac

Virginia waterleaf

wild columbine

wild geranium

wild yam

winter cress

 

 

 

 

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