Phasianus WPA/WMA Complex Enhancement Project

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Pheasants Forever, McLeod County Chapter
Start Date
February 2011
End Date
June 2014
Counties Affected
Project Overview
The Highwood Nature Preserve Project will enhance and manage 13.5 acres of native oak woodland, oak savanna, aspen forest, and prairie through invasive species removal and control, prescribed burning, and reforestation efforts. This project will reintroduce fire into this fire-dependent landscape, decrease sedimentation of impaired waterbodies, reduce forest fragmentation by increasing the connectedness of high-quality forests, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Several activities listed within the Highwood Park Nature Preserve Management Recommendations plan have been initiated. CPL funding will allow Parks to fast-track the remaining activities identified in the management plan to protect the site's small remnant prairie, its oak woodland, and populations of purple twayblade, a rare woodland orchid. In addition to the direct environmental benefits, restoring the Highwood Nature Preserve will lead to habitat and landscape conservation training for Saint Paul citizens.
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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