Praire and Oak Savanna Restoration along Mississippi and Rum Rivers
$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.
Core areas protected with highly biologically diverse wetlands and plant communities, including native prairie, Big Woods, and oak savanna - The 165 acres restoration area will be inventoried to ensure a minumum of 20 native plant species are present and succussfully established. .
This project will restore and enhance 165 acres of prairie & woodland habitat along the Mississippi and Rum Rivers. Outcomes will include increased plant diversity and habitat for game and non-game species and benefit the migratory waterfowl on the Mississippi River flyway.
This project will restore and enhance 120 acres of native short dry and mixed height mesic prairie habitat and enhance riparian woodland along the Mississippi River. In addition, this project will continue a program of wildlife habitat restoration in the 984 acre "Rum River Central Regional Park/Cedar Creek Conservation Area complex." The scope of work is to restore 45 acres of prairie and oak savanna. The process of restoration will include 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. The 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.