Deciduous Transition

The Deciduous Transition Region offers an appealing mix of remnant forests, prairies, savannas, and wetlands set in an agricultural landscape. The headwaters of many of Minnesota’s cold-water trout streams are located here. This rural farm countryside offers wide-open spaces broken by river valleys and bluffs where woodlands still are common. The pastoral nature of the region is balanced by a close proximity to urban amenities of the rapidly growing southern Twin Cities and Rochester. The overall result is a landscape of small towns where it is still possible to make a living off the land and regional growth centers that offer rapidly expanding economic opportunities.

Region Leader: Clint Miller, 651-388-5978,
Facilitator: Mary Laeger-Hagemeister, 507-379-3523,

Meeting Schedule

  • March 19, 2007 - Gainey Conference Center, Owatonna
  • April 9, 2007 - Cabela's, Owatonna

Meeting Participants

  • Clint Miller, Minnesota Land Trust
  • Jeanine Vorland, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Hugh Valiant, Fisheries, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Harley Miller, Shell Rock Watershed District
  • Bill Bruins, Audubon Minnesota
  • Sandi Goslee, Rochester/Olmsted Planning Department
  • Rich Biske, The Nature Conservancy
  • Ann Pierce, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Norman Senjem, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency