Ecological assistance for Minnesota communities

Whether you are a resource manager, a local government official, a concerned citizen, or a community leader, it is important to understand how local ecosystems are impacted by everyday decisions. Regional Plant Ecologists can help by providing information about the original vegetation, existing native plant communities, and native rare plants and animals in your area. This information can inform stewardship of public and private lands, parks and open space planning, and comprehensive planning.


Kinds of services and information

  • Access to electronic GIS data with rare features locations
  • Hard-copy printouts and maps with information about native plant communities, rare plants and animals, and other natural features
  • Publications detailing land protection options for landowners and local governments
  • Assistance in drafting open space and comprehensive plans
  • Presentations, workshops, and field trips
  • Referrals to other natural resource professionals with special expertise
  • Information about grants and other financial assistance
  • Training for DNR staff and others in native plant community classification and management options
  • Assistance to writers of forest and prairie stewardship plans
  • Training for DNR staff and others in the use of rare features data
  • Maps of original vegetation

Areas included in this program

Northwest Region
Becky Marty
Regional Ecologist

2115 Birchmont Beach Road NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Northwest Region
Nick Jensen
Asst. Regional Ecologist

2115 Birchmont Beach Road NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Northeast Region
Brooke Haworth
Regional Ecologist

4805 Rice Lake Road
Duluth, MN 55803
Phone: 218-302-3248

Central Region
Kit Elstad-Haveles
Regional Ecologist

500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155
Phone: 651-259-5793

Southern Region
Megan Benage
Regional Ecologist

261 Highway 15 S
New Ulm, MN 56073
Phone: 507-359-6079

map of regional ecologist's work areas