Invasive Species Detection, Prevention, and Control on Lands Administered by the Division of Parks and Trails

2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$705,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$472,773
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$472,773
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$500,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$700,000
Source: 
Parks & Trails Fund
Status: 
In Progress
Activity Type: 
Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Statewide
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Ch. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(3)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$705,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
The division will manage approximately 16,000 acres for invasive species.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
The division has managed approximately 6,816 acres of invasive species of January 2014. This figure includes targets resulting from all sources of natural resource management funding (Legacy, Bonding, etc.). Legacy funding allows significant acceleration of accomplishments from pre-Legacy years.
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(3)
Appropriation Language 
Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources (a)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 the second year are for state parks, recreation areas, and trails to: (1)Connect people to the outdoors; (2)Acquire land and create opportunities; (3)Maintain existing holdings; and (4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$472,773
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(3)
Appropriation Language 
Sec. 3. Department of Natural Resources (a)$14,262,000 the first year and $14,603,000 the second year are for state parks, recreation areas, and trails to: (1)Connect people to the outdoors; (2)Acquire land and create opportunities; (3)Maintain existing holdings; and (4)Improve cooperation by coordinating with partners to implement the 25-year long-range parks and trails legacy plan
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$472,773
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
MNDNR Parks and Trails has generally controlled invasives on about 8,000 acres per biennium. the biennial target is 21,000 acres.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
MNDNR Parks and Trails controlled invasives on 23,702 acres during this biennium. This represents 113% of the target. Final FY12-FY13 totals will be available at the end of the 2013 calendar year, when field staff provide statewide accomplishment reports, however the target has already been exceeded.
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2 (2)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$500,000
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2 (2)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$700,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
MNDNR Parks and Trails has generally controlled invasives on about 12,168 acres per biennium, so the division's target for FY2010-2011, including the additional 4,000 acres is 16,168 acres.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
The division exceeded its target (16,168 acres) by approximately 25% (20,133 total acres). While this is great progress, many acres of state park land remain infested with non-native plants.

Project Overview

This on-going program is for detecting, mapping and controlling invasive plant species and re-establishing native vegetation in their place on lands administered by the Division of Parks and Trails. Control of invasive plant species furthers progress to preserve and restore the quality of native plant communities on Parks and Trails lands as well as helps prevent the spread of invasives to new locations.

About the Issue

Invasives species are considered the second most significant threat to protection of biodiversity in the United States, affecting about half of all rare species. MNDNR has also identified invasive species as one of the greatest land and water challenges facing the state. PAT invasive species control efforts are largely focused on aggressive exotic plant species which are most likely to negatively impact state park lands such as buckthorn, Canada thistle and garlic mustard. Controlling invasive species helps the division to meet its statutory mandate to preserve, perpetuate. . .natural features that existed in the area of the park prior to European settlement (MS 86A.05).

Project Manager

Edward
Quinn
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN
55155
651-259-5597