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Highwood Nature Preserve


The Highwood Nature Preserve Project will enhance and manage 13.5 acres of native oak woodland, oak savanna, aspen forest, and prairie through invasive species removal and control, prescribed burning, and reforestation efforts. This project will reintroduce fire into this fire-dependent landscape, decrease sedimentation of impaired waterbodies, reduce forest fragmentation by increasing the connectedness of high-quality forests, and improve habitat for fish and wildlife. Several activities listed within the Highwood Park Nature Preserve Management Recommendations plan have been initiated. CPL funding will allow Parks to fast-track the remaining activities identified in the management plan to protect the site's small remnant prairie, its oak woodland, and populations of purple twayblade, a rare woodland orchid. In addition to the direct environmental benefits, restoring the Highwood Nature Preserve will lead to habitat and landscape conservation training for Saint Paul citizens.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 03/22/2011 - 06/30/2014

Project Manager Adam Robbins

Grant Recipient Saint Paul Parks and Recreation

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $24,000

Expended $23,986

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

Management Unit(s) Local

Habitat(s) Forest

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Ramsey


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 13 Acres

Measurement 13 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.