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HIKE: Hiking in the Swede’s Forest SNA with Megan Ulrich & Don Robertson

May 14, 2014 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Swedes Forest by Sally Jo Sorensen

Date: Wednesday, May 14th 6 to 8pm
Location: meet at Vicksburg County Park near Renville
Cost: CURE Members are free and non-members are $10.00/person or $15/family.
Register by calling Dixie at 1-877-269-2873 or email

This evening hike is led by Clean Up the River Environment (CURE) Board Members Megan Ulrich and Don Robertson. Both Ulrich and Robertson are certified Master Naturalists.

Located within the Minnesota River Valley in Swedes Forest township, this site contains the granite outcrop community type that supports the rare five-lined skink. Several old quarries on and around the site provide an important hibernation site for skinks. The Minnesota populations of these small, blue tailed lizards (sometimes called “blue devils”) are isolated from the main range of this species in the eastern United States. The five-lined skink requires open, sunny, bedrock exposures near oak woodland habitat. The red cedar which has encroached on the bedrock openings in the absence of periodic fire is being managed by controlled burning and cutting. Several undisturbed wetlands are also found on the site. This site was a gift dedicated as the Homme-Krollin Unit.

Participants will need to register in advance; space is limited so register early. Participants will need to dress appropriately and bring water and a snack. An email with specific details will go out one week prior to the event.

This outing is part of CURE’s 2014 Events & Adventures series. For more information, please email or call Dixie at 1-877-269-2873.


Skalbekken County Park
Sacred Heart, MN 56285 United States + Google Map