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Seminary Fen Restoration


Seminary Fen, located on the slopes above the Minnesota River in Chaska and Chanhassen, is a high quality wetland complex that includes a rare calcareous fen, a DNR trout stream, and is home to a number of rare species. The portion of the Seminary Fen targeted for this project is a formerly farmed wetland that has been ditched and tiled. This project proposes to restore the natural hydrologic regime by rendering the tile and ditch inaffective. The project will restore the native plant community by controlling reed canary grass and re-introducing native plant species as well as restore the groundwater feeding Asumption Creek. Once completed it is expected to improve the conditions for Brook Trout in Assumption Creek which is adjacent to the propose restoration as well as Species in Greatest Conservation Need including Sedge Wren, Marsh Wren and Least Flycatcher.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 01/05/2011 - 06/30/2014

Project Manager Bill Monk

Grant Recipient City of Chaska

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $61,040

Expended $61,040

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) Local

Habitat(s) Wetland

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Carver


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 6 Acres

Measurement 7 Acres

Target Summary FY11 Grantees have until June 30, 2014 to complete their projects. Overall, CPL grantees are on track to meet their target # of acres and in some cases exceed those acres.