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 Rd NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone:218-308-2658
email: becky.marty@state.mn.us

Northwest Region
Nick Jensen
Asst. Regional Ecologist

2115 Birchmont Beach Rd NE
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone:218-308-2636
email: nicholas.jensen@state.mn.us

Northeast Region
Brooke Haworth
Regional Ecologist

525 Lake Ave S, Suite 415
Duluth, MN 55106
Phone: 218-302-3248
email: brooke.haworth@state.mn.us

Central Region
Kit Elstad-Haveles
Regional Ecologist

1200 Warner Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106
Phone: 651-259-5793
email: kit.elstad-haveles@state.mn.us

Central Region
Kris Hennig
Asst. Regional Ecologist

1200 Warner Rd
St. Paul, MN 55106
Phone:651-259-5832
email: kris.hennig@state.mn.us

Southern Region
Megan Benage
Regional Ecologist

21371 State Highway 15
New Ulm, MN 56073
Phone: 507-359-6079
email: megan.benage@state.mn.us

map of regional ecologist's work areas