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Steve Saupe


A former site of granite quarrying, "Hundred Acres Quarry" contains several distinct and diverse habitats, with diverse botanical characteristics. I made a preliminary study of the woody plants of this new Stearns County park, located in southern Waite Park, Minnesota, to learn what trees, shrubs, and woody vines are found within the park. I assessed their relative abundance and their distribution within the park. Fifty-eight species were identified to a high degree of certainty. In addition, I surveyed the literature and listed various economic and ethnobotanical uses for these species, to form an interpretive guide. This research was conducted using methods and materials that would allow comparison and future research with work done by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), and serves as a baseline for future park research.

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