The Minnesota County Biological Survey, conducted by the DNR, has identified areas of remaining natural land cover in Stearns County. The map below shows the location
of these areas and the general plant types within the natural areas. The remaining natural areas are often located in areas of wet soils, slopes, or other areas that are somewhat unsuitable for agriculture or development. DNR maps can be obtained that indicate the biological significance of the plant communities from a statewide perspective. The natural areas depicted in the map play an important role in the County’s green infrastructure.
Other statewide resources to assist with natural area resources management and protection include: