Schroeder Research Natural Area

State:
Minnesota
County:
Cook
Forest:
Superior
District:
Tofte
Established:
1973
Acres:
360
Description:
The RNA primarily contains upland forests, with a virgin northern hardwood stand containing sugar maple (Acer saccharum). The sugar maple is near the northern and western limit of its range.

Ecological Information

Physical and Climatic Conditions

Nearest weather station, with distance and direction from RNA:
The nearest major station is in Grand Marais, MN, located 34 miles (54 km) northeast of Schroeder RNA.
Annual precipitation (type, seasonal distribution) :
Average annual precipitation is 26.39 inches (67.03 cm), with 10.02 inches (25.45 cm) falling in summer. Average annual snowfall is 70 inches (178 cm).
Maximum and minimum temperatures:
Maximum: 95ºF, Minimum: -34ºF
Annual: 30.9 ºF, 47.5 ºF
January: -3.9 ºF, 22.2 ºF
August: 53.8 ºF, 70.3 ºF.
Elevation:
Mean elevation at the lake is approximately 600 feet (183 m), and the topography rises to approximately 1550 feet (472 m) west of the RNA.
Geology and Soils:
The site is part of the Highland Moraine/Highland Flutes Geomorphic areas containing deep silty or loamy, well drained, light-colored soils.
Aquatic Features:
The site contains no rivers or lakes, but is located within 3 miles (4.8 km) of Lake Superior.

Ecological Classification & Inventory

Section:
Northern Superior Uplands (212L)
Subsection(s):
North Shore Highlands (212Lb)
Plant Communities:
 
SAF Cover Types (list acres) Kuchler Types (list acres):
15 Red pine (5) 85 Conifer Bog (77)
27 Sugar maple (278)
86 Great Lakes Pine Forest (5)
37 Northern white-cedar (77) 90 Maple-Basswood forest (278)

Related Reports and Publications

Ohmann, Lewis. 1973. Establishment Record of the Schroeder Research Natural Area within the Superior National Forest. Unpublished report on file at the Northern Research Station, Rhinelander, 16 pages.




Last Modified: August 19, 2021