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
Status: 
In Progress
Activity Type: 
Restoration/Enhancement
Project Details:
2014 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2013, Chp. 137, Art. 3, Sec. 3(a)(3)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$465,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
Parks and Trails Division will restore and reconstruct approximately 1,700 acres of native plant community. 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.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
The division has restored/reconstructed approximately 407 acres of native plant communities.
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Chp. 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: 
$311,829
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2011, First Special Session, Chp. 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: 
$311,829
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
The target for FY12-13 is to restore 2,400 acres of MNDNR Parks and Trails lands to native plant communities.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
The Division has restored 1,826 acres into native plant communities during this time period, 76% 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.
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Chp. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2 (2)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$546,000
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
M.L. 2009, Chp. 172, Art. 3, Sec. 2 (2)
Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$654,000
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 
PAT has been restoring a total of about 1,500 acres of prairie, forest and wetland over each of the past few biennium's. Legacy funding enables the division to increase the target for the FY2010-2011 biennium to 2,000 acres.
Measurable Outcome(s) 
2,968 acres of restored lands. PAT exceeded the target by nearly 1,000 acres. At the current rate, it is estimated that it will take about 22 years to restore the remaining sites to prairie and about 75 years to restore the remaining sites to forest.

Project Overview

This 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.

Project Manager

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