Root River Floodplain RIM

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Olmsted SWCD
Start Date
May 2011
End Date
June 2014
Counties Affected
Project Overview
The purpose of this project is to provide immediate protection for reptiles and their associated habitat within the Big Marine Park Reserve. Reptile Species in Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) known to utilize the park reserve include: Blanding's Turtles, Snapping Turtles, and the Eastern Fox Snake. This project will focus on immediate protection of reptiles through two major actions: 1) fencing to direct safe road crossing, and 2) enhancement of nesting habitat. Washington County's 2030 Comprehensive Plan predicts that the population will grow by 128,842 by 2030 and that the daily traffic volume on County Road 4, which bisects the Park Reserve, will increase by more than 1,500 vehicles per day by 2030. Immediate protection is needed to protect reptiles today and as pressure increases in the near future.
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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