October 2017 Membership Meeting

Thu, Oct 12 , 2017
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm

Fairview Community Center
1910 W. County Road B,
Roseville, MN 55113

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History, purpose of MN Scientific and Natural Areas

by Kelly Randall

October 2017 Membership Meeting – Thursday, October 12, 2017

There are 164 Scientific and Natural Areas (SNA’s) around the state of Minnesota. The purpose of the MNDNR SNA program is to “preserve natural features and rare resources of exceptional scientific and educational value.” The natural areas within SNA’s include native plant communities, rare species, and geologic features of statewide significance.

Kelly Randall is the outreach coordinator for Minnesota SNA’s. He has worked 25 years with MNDNR. Part of his job involved assessing and designating these unique lands. SNA’s include representatives of rare or uncommon species and geology types in the four biomes around the state. Parts of shorelines, remnant prairies, blufftops, and old growth forest are safeguarded in the SNA inventories. The Piping Plover is one rare bird that has benefitted from the SNA program.

Randall’s talk will review the process of identifying unique species and habitats and the lengthy designation process. He will feature a number of SNA’s from different parts of the state. Many SPAS members are familiar with some of the SNA’s. Some members will have hiked on some, looking for and identifying its unique species. As conservationists, we appreciate the role of SNA’s in protecting land and species as part of our natural heritage and for future generations.

This DNR link has an alphabetical list of all the SNA’s: www.dnr.state.mn.us/snas/. It also provides a map for each.