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
2115 Birchmont Beach Road NE
Bemidji, MN 56601

Northeast Region

Bruce Carlson
Phone: 218-723-4763x225
4805 Rice Lake Road
Duluth, MN 55803

Southern Region

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

Central Region

Hannah Dunevitz Texler
Phone: 651-259-5811
1200 Warner Road
St. Paul, MN 55106

map of regional ecologist's work areas link to web page describing the Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province link to web page describing the Prairie Paekland Province link to webpage describing the Laurentian Mixed Forest Province link to web page describing the Tallgrass Aspen Parklands province link to Becky Marty's email email link to Bruce Carlson email link to Megan Benage email link to Hannah Texler