Minnesota Department of Natural Resources protects natural areas through registration, acquisition, management, native prairie tax exemptions, and conservation easements. Check these links out for more information:
Minnesota Biological Survey
Identifies remaining high quality native plant communities and rare plant occurrences, including maps and shape files. Contact for a more extensive, technical bibliography on species and native plant communities of Minnesota.
Scientific and Natural Areas Program
The SNA program preserves natural features and rare resources of exceptional scientific and educational value. Sites provide public access to rare and endangered features in their natural communities.
Roadsides for Wildlife Program
Promotes Integrated Roadside Management Plans and roadside prairie remnant management; distributes information on seed mixes for wildlife, natural roadsides maintenance, prescribed burns and Roadsides for Wildlife curriculum guide.
Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
Native Vegetation Section
520 Lafayette Road North, Saint Paul, MN 55155
Minnesota Department of Transportation Office of Environmental Services
Forestry and Erosion Control Section
395 John Ireland Blvd.
Mail Stop 620, St. Paul, MN 55155
Minnesota Native Plant Society
220 Biological Sciences Center
1445 Gortner Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
Holds monthly meetings with guest speakers who specialize in native plant propagation, conservation, and management. Publishes a quarterly newsletter and sponsors an annual symposium.
1590 Long Lake Rd
New Brighton, MN 55112
This site is modeled after a field guide to help identify plants found in the wild. Flowers are primarily categorized by color, but there is an advanced plant search (see also in the top right corner of every page) where you can key on a variety of plant characteristics. Search results are organized by plant family and genus so similar species are usually grouped together.
The Nature Conservancy, Minnesota Chapter
1313 5th Street SE Suite 320
Minneapolis, MN 55414
The Nature Conservancy is a leader in preserving biological diversity through protection of natural areas by registration or acquisition; funded through private donations. Schedules field trips to some preserves.
Northern Tallgrass Prairie Office: Rt 2, Glyndon, MN 56547, 218-498-2679
Cannon Valley Office: 328 Central Ave, Faribault, MN 55021, 507-332-0525
SE Minnesota Office: Box 106, Wabasha, MN 55981, 651-565-4011
National Wildflower Research Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739,
Center for Plant Conservation
A network of botanical gardens and arboreta. Promotes awareness of plant conservation; produces the Plant Conservation Directory, a guide to the major plant conservation interests in the U.S.
Wild Ones: Native Plants, Natural Landscapes
Wild Ones Institute of Learning and Development (WILD Center)
2285 Butte des Morts Beach Road,
Neenah, Wisconsin 54956
Phone: 1-920-730-3986, or toll free: 877-FYI-WILD (877-394-9453)
A not-for-profit environmental education and advocacy organization that promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration and establishment of native plant communities. Includes Minnesota chapters.