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Public invited to hike Swedes Forest natural area on Saturday

SACRED HEART — The public is invited to Swedes Forest Scientific and Natural Area near Sacred Heart on Saturday to view recent habitat projects and learn more about this unique site.

Field staff from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will lead a walk from 1  to 4 p.m. where they will discuss management activities on the area and visitors may encounter uncommon and unusual plants and animals that reside on the site’s rock outcrops.

There are no maintained trails at the area and hiking will be on uneven, rock terrain. Visitors should wear clothing and footwear appropriate for the terrain and weather. Bring water and insect repellant. There are no restrooms at the area.

From Sacred Heart, travel 7 miles south on County Road 9, then 1.5 miles west on Township Road 1 (440th St.). Park in the pull-off on the south.

There is no charge to attend. Funding for this project was provided by the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.

For more information, contact Brad Bolduan at 507-831-2900, ext. 241. For more information on scientific and natural areas, go to