Natural Resource Inventory

Grant for a Natural Resource Inventory (NRI)
In 1997, the Goodhue County Land Use Management Department received a grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to conduct a Natural Resources Inventory (NRI) of the Lower Wells Creek Watershed area.

The Rest of Goodhue County
This inventory covered approximately 6,000 acres, defined by the watershed boundaries on the north and south sides, county Highway 5 on the upstream portion, and the Mississippi River on the northeast. Then in late 1998, the Goodhue County Land Use Management Department received a grant from the Legislative Commission on Minnesota Resources to conduct a Natural Resources Inventory for the rest of Goodhue County.

Tremendous Cooperation
This would involve an inventory of almost 60,000 acres within the Cannon, Zumbro and Mississippi and Lake Pepin Watersheds. The 2 inventories were made possible as a result of a tremendous amount of cooperation from a multi-agency peer group.

Members of the group that participated were:
  • Cannon River Partnership
  • City of Kenyon
  • City of Pine Island
  • City of Red Wing
  • City of Zumbrota
  • Goodhue County Board of Commissioners
  • Goodhue County Local Water Planning Group
  • Goodhue County Pheasants Forever
  • Goodhue County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota Land Trust
  • Prairie Island Community
  • Red Wing Shoe Company
  • Saint Mary’s University-Winona Campus
  • Township and city officials of Goodhue County
  • Wells Creek Watershed Partnership
  • Xcel Energy Company
Most importantly there was you, the residents and landowners of Goodhue County!

Minnesota Land Cover Classification System
The Natural Resource Inventory is a result of 1998 field work within Goodhue County based upon the Minnesota Land Cover Classification System (MLCCS) data set attributes and digitizing recommendation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Metro District. Field work data and report resource material was collected by Paul Bockenstedt of Bonestroo, Rosene, Anderlik, and Associates.

Finished Product
The inventories are now complete, the reports have been written, and the maps of the areas inventoried are finished. Please note that Goodhue County assumes no liability for the accuracy or completeness of these maps or any responsibility for any associated direct, or indirect, or consequential damages that may result from its use or misuse.