Ever wonder what the vegetation was like prior to settlement by Europeans? Francis J. Marschner created a map based on the 200 volumes of hand-written notes from the Public Land Survey (1847-1907). Read more about the monumental feat in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer. In addition, we have created maps by county of the original vegetation for Northern Minnesota.
Minnesota's Ecological Classification System classifies ecosystems based on the three continental biomes present in the state -- pretty impressive considering there are fewer than a dozen biomes in North America.
The Land Management Information Center has the entire state classified into major land use categories (Urban, Cultivated Land, Forested, etc.). Ever wonder if Minnesota has more forests or cultivated land? Find out here! Also available are detailed maps of each county.