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CCCA Prairie Habitat Restoration


The focus of this project will be to restore native prairie habitat for wildlife species on the new Cedar Creek Conservation Area (CCCA). The CCCA consists of 550 acres of oak woodland, wetlands, riparian forests, and agricultural fields at the confluence of the Rum River and Cedar Creek in Andover. 71 acres of agricultural fields would be restored to native short dry prairie habitat and 23 acres would be restored to native mixed height mesic prairie. An additional 68 acres of agricultural fields in the south will be restored through future county dollars as part of the agreement with the LSOHC. Restoration of the fields to native prairie would provide nesting, bedding, cover, and forage for a variety of upland bird species, waterfowl, reptiles and mammals. In addition, restoration would result in decreased sediment and nutrient loading into both the Rum River and Cedar Creek protecting this vital fishery. This will result in increased hunting and fishing opportunities.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 11/08/2011 - 06/30/2014

Project Manager Jeff Perry

Grant Recipient Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $54,600

Expended $51,851

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

Management Unit(s) County

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Anoka


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 94 Acres

Measurement 94 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.