Habitat Descriptions

This page describes the 16 key habitats identified in the subsection profiles of Minnesota's State Wildlife Action Plan, focusing on the important components of these key habitats, both in terms of habitat quality and features important to the species in greatest conservation need (SGCN) This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. (54kb). The key habitats, organized alphabetically within three major groups, are as follows:

Forests

Photo of lowland coniferous forest.
Forest-Lowland Coniferous This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of lowland deciduous forest.
Forest-Lowland Deciduous This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of upland coniferous forest.
Forest-Upland Coniferous This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of upland deciduous forest, aspen.
Forest-Upland Deciduous (Aspen) This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of upland deciduous forest, hardwood.
Forest-Upland Deciduous (Hardwood) This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of upland deciduous forest, oak.
Forest-Upland Deciduous (Oak) This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Upland Forest Overview This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. Describes features common to all upland forests.

 

Open landscape

Photo of prairie.
Prairie This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of cliff.
Shoreline - Dune - Cliff/Talus
- Rock Outcrop
This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of lowland shrub.
Shrub - Lowland This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of savanna.
Shrub - Upland This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of surrogate grassland.
Surrogate Grassland This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
 

 

Aquatic

Photo of nonforested wetland.
Wetland - Nonforested This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of deep lake.
Lake - Deep This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of shallow lake.
Lake - Shallow This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of small river.
River - Headwater to Large This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
Photo of very large river.
River-Very Large This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.
 

Rivers Overview This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it. Describes features common to all rivers.

Habitat description components

Note that the upland forest and the river habitat types each have a general description that address all of the habitats found in these groups, in addition to the individual descriptions for each of the four types of upland forests, and two main types of rivers. This approach was taken because many of the features important for SGCN are common among all forest types and rivers.