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.
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.
This would involve an inventory of almost 60,000 acres within the Cannon, Zumbro and Mississippi and Lake Pepin Watersheds. The two 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: Goodhue County Board of Commissioners, Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Goodhue County Soil and Water Conservation District, Goodhue County Local Water Planning Group, Minnesota Land Trust, Saint Mary’s University-Winona Campus, Cannon River Partnership, Wells Creek Watershed Partnership, Goodhue County Pheasants Forever, Red Wing Shoe Company, City of Red Wing, City of Zumbrota, City of Kenyon, City of Pine Island, Prairie Island Community, Xcel Energy Company, the Township and City Officials of Goodhue County and most importantly – YOU – the residents and landowners of Goodhue County!
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 & Associates.
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.
The report for the Lower Wells Creek Watershed includes sections dealing with Landscape History and Setting, Natural Community Types found in the Study Area, Inventory Methodology, and the individual Natural Community descriptions. Also included are general management recommendations for select natural community types as well as specific recommendations for future management of individual natural communities, corridors, or geographic areas.
v Lower Wells Creek Natural Resource Inventory
The Report for Goodhue County has been separated into two volumes. Volume 1 contains information on the major landforms and natural communities within the county, management strategies for these natural communities, natural resource policy recommendations, and community descriptions for each of the watersheds. Volume 2 contains a detailed community survey for each site inventoried during the project. The community survey lists what type of land cover exists and specifically what type/s of vegetation exists. There is also a rank given to each site that represents the quality of the existing vegetation.
v Volume 1 - Goodhue County NRI
v Volume 2 - Goodhue County NRI
For each watershed, there is a set of maps. Within each set, there is a map for each site that was inventoried where natural communities were identified.
East Zumbro River Watershed
West Zumbro River Watershed
Lower Wells Creek Watershed
Upper Wells Creek Watershed
Cannon River West Watershed
Cannon River East Watershed
South Mississippi-Lake Pepin Watershed
v The reports and all maps are in .pdf format for easy viewing and printing