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Kingsbury Creek Forest Restoration


The Duluth Audubon is restoring and enhancing 20 acres of sensitive hillside habitat along Kingsbury Creek that belongs to the city of Duluth. The restoration includes mixed hardwoods such as oak and yellow birch and conifers that provide wildlife habitat and help improve aquatic habitat within the creek, which is a DNR designated trout stream and MPCA impaired waterway. This project will help restore ecosystem services to a landscape dominated by nonnative grasses, open canopy and stunted or declining pioneer trees. The goal is to plant a variety of species to diversify the forest as adaptive management for climate change, and return a conifer component to slow rain and snowmelt infiltration into the creek. This project is spurred in part by the attention the estuary has gotten by the EPA as an Area of Concern and by Audubon MN as one of the state's newest IBAs.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 06/29/2012 - 06/30/2015

Project Manager Joshua Bailly

Grant Recipient Duluth Audubon Society

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $13,425

Expended $11,971

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 St. Louis


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 20 Acres

Measurement 20 Acres