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Lake Edith Savanna Restoration


The Lake Edith Natural Area Restoration project seeks to enhance and restore habitat at Belwin Conservancy, a non-profit organization dedicated to the permanent protection and restoration of native habitat. In addition to the permanent protection offered by ownership from Belwin Conservancy, the Minnesota Land Trust holds an easement over much of the project site. The Lake Edith Natural Area is a mosaic of high quality wetlands; oak savanna and woodlands; and restored prairie and grasslands within the St. Croix Valley. Beginning in 2009, over 110 acres of savanna and prairie were cleared of invasive woody plants and interseeded, improving habitat for rare species such as the Red-headed Woodpecker and the Blanding’s turtle. The project outlined here includes enhancing this oak savanna restoration as well as beginning the restoration of an adjacent oak woodland and savanna. In all, these restorations would complete over 200 acres of high quality of prairies, savannas,and woodlands.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 06/08/2012 - 06/30/2015

Project Manager Tara Kelly

Grant Recipient Belwin Conservancy

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $100,276

Expended $99,995

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

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Washington


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 84 Acres

Measurement 84 Acres