Praire and Oak Savanna Restoration along Mississippi and Rum Rivers

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Anoka County
Recipient Type
Local/Regional Government
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
October 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Overview

This project restored and enhanced 165 acres of prairie & woodland habitat along the Mississippi and Rum Rivers.  Outcomes include increased plant diversity and habitat for game and non-game species and is beneficial to migratory waterfowl on the Mississippi River flyway as well as to pollinators and resident wildlife.

Project Details

This project restored and enhanced 120 acres of native short dry and mixed height mesic prairie habitat and enhanced riparian woodland along the Mississippi River.  In addition, this project continues a program of wildlife habitat restoration in the 984 acre "Rum River Central Regional Park/Cedar Creek Conservation Area complex."  The scope of work restored 45 acres of prairie and oak savanna.  The process of restoration included prescribed burning, herbicide application, removal of invasive species and woody vegetation, seeding of native ecotype short dry prairie grasses and forbs, maintenance mowing, and planting of native trees and shrubs.  This restoration along the Mississippi and Rum Rivers is consistent with the Minnesota Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan to protect critical shorelands of streams and lakes, and protect priority land habitats of native prairie, as well as, Mississippi West Regional Park Master Plan, the 2030 Regional Parks Policy Plan, Tomorrow's Habitat for the Wild and Rare, and the statewide management plans for duck recovery, pheasants, and turkeys. Former brome dominated parcels were converted to a mix of native short/dry grass and forbs species which mimics local remnant prairies. A planted stand of red pines were removed and their stumps ground out to accommodate conversion to prairie and increase the amount of a habitat that was once prevalent in this area. The weather played a role in our spring management efforts as we couldn't get the needed wind direction to burn the parcels along Highway 10. We instead opted to mow the parcels. Canada thistle and hoary alyssum were two of our biggest weed problems and the tenacity of the brome to hold on in places also challenged us. We used a mix of herbicide applications, mowing and supplemental seeding to address these problems.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
ML 2014, Ch. 256, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 2(k)
Appropriation Language

$380,000 in the second year is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with Anoka County to restore and enhance riparian and upland habitat in the Rum River Central Regional Park/Cedar Creek Conservation Area complex and in the Mississippi West Regional Park. A restoration and enhancement plan and a list of proposed land restorations and enhancements must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Measurable Outcome(s)

Restored 95 acres and enhanced 70 acres for a total of 165 acres.

Source of Additional Funds

Anoka County, Anoka County Equipment Use

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Anoka County
Street Address
550 Bunker Lake Blvd. NW
Zip Code
(763) 324-3413
Administered By
Administered by

500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN 55155

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