Minnesota Driftless 

Photo Credit: Stephen Winter

Minnesota Driftless

Photo Credit: Stephen Winter

About Our Chapter


As our chapter name implies, Minnesota Driftless is located within the Driftless Area in SE Minnesota. This region features typical Driftless Area prairies and savannas, with many remnants on south to southwest facing upper slopes and river valley prairies on sandy terraces. We are a new chapter, and look to grow our membership and sites we work on.  

The Minnesota Driftless chapter covers Winona, Houston, Fillmore, Wabasha, Olmstead, Goodhue, Mower, Dodge, and Steele Counties in Minnesota. We invite you to join us! 

On a gorgeous November 7, 2015, George Howe hosted a gathering of “prairie enthusiasts” from southeast Minnesota on his land near La Crescent, MN. The event included a guided hike of the property “Great Spirit Bluff,” a potluck lunch, and plenty of friendly interaction. Everyone was quite pleased with the turnout of 14 people.

The group enjoyed hiking through a large prairie planting, identifying various native plants, and hearing about the various management strategies that were being applied, including periodic grazing by the resident horse. After a short hike through an oak-hickory woodland, folks arrived at a stunning overlook of the Mississippi River valley. We enjoyed watching eagles and hawks fly and helped harvest some native seeds from the thriving bluff-prairie remnant there. Lead plant, purple prairie clover and cliff goldenrod seeds were among the species gathered for a fall planting elsewhere in Winona County.

After the hike, folks gathered for lunch and discussions back at the house. This was followed by a viewing of The Prairie Enthusiasts’ new “Prairie Enthusiasm” film that everyone seemed to enjoy thoroughly. A lively discussion then began about how folks wanted to start a new chapter of The Prairie Enthusiasts in SE Minnesota; one that would help landowners permanently protect their land, purchase land for prairie preserves, educate the public about prairie resources and provide guidance and expertise for proper management of prairies and oak savannas.

In the end, some folks offered to serve as officers for the new chapter, and the group decided to meet again on December 10 to continue work on forming the new chapter. All in all, it was a great day filled with new friends and new beginnings for The Prairie Enthusiasts in the beautiful bluffs of SE Minnesota.

BOARD REPRESENTATIVE

Stephen Winter

Email
Call: 402-310-5460

CHAPTER CONTACT

Stephen Winter

Email
Call: 402-310-5460

BOARD REPRESENTATIVE

Stephen Winter

Email
Call: 402-310-5460

CHAPTER CONTACT

Stephen Winter

Email
Call: 402-310-5460

Chapter leadership

Chair – Gabe Ericksen
Vice-Chair – Kevin O’Brien
Secretary – Todd Ericksen
Treasurer – Peter Hartman
The Prairie Enthusiasts Board representative, Stephen Winter

Chapter contact:  Stephen Winter, wintersl8944@gmail.com; 402-310-5460.

Facebook:  Chapter page

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