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Grass Lake Prairie


The Grass Lake portion of Snail Lake Regional Park is a 265-acre site located in Shoreview, MN. The site is mapped on the DNR's Regionally Significant Ecological Areas, and the Metro Corridors. On the site is a 140-acre Northern Mixed Cattail Marsh which is surrounded by old field, shrub swamp, and degraded oak woods/savanna. Grass Lake provides habitat for state-listed Blandings turtles and red-shouldered hawks. There is a paved pedestrian/bike trail that will bisect part of the prairie. This trail is used by numerous citisens in order to enjoy nature. The new prairie will enhance that experience and build a stronger base for habitat restoration and protection. This project will restore and enhance 33 acres of prairie. This restoration will improve habitat for the state listed species and provide nesting habitat for grassland/savanna bird species listed as SGCN.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

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

Project Manager John Moriarty

Grant Recipient Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $82,730

Expended $82,730

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 Ramsey


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 33 Acres

Measurement 33 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.