Landscape Reconstruction on Division of Parks and Trails Lands
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$465,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$311,829
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$311,829
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$546,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:$654,000
Source:Parks & Trails Fund
Project OverviewThis program is to restore acres of state parks and trails land to native plant communities. MS 86A.05 directs PAT to preserve, perpetuate and restore natural features in state parks that were present in the area of the park at the time of European settlement. Approximately 31 restoration projects have been completed, are in progress, or will be implemented in the spring of 2012, at over 20 state park units. These projects total 1,283 acres.
About the Issue
Restoration of native plant communities is a multi-year process with prairies requiring about a 5 year period and forested sites about 10 years before they are considered established. In cases like prairies or fire-dependent forests, there is a need to insure periodic prescribed burns are conducted to maintain the restoration. Spot treatment of invasives is also needed to insure the restoration doesn't become degraded.
Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul, MN