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Bell Oak Savanna Restoration


The Bell Oak Savanna Restoration project seeks to restore habitat on land owned by the Belwin Conservancy, and permanently protected by a conservation easement held by the Minnesota Land Trust. Both Belwin and the Minnesota Land Trust are non-profit organizations that reinforce one another's missions which include, for Belwin, restoration of native habitat. The Bell Oak Savanna is a mosaic of high quality wetlands, oak savanna and woodlands, remnant and restored prairie within the St. Croix Valley. Restoration efforts of adjacent areas have been ongoing since 1967. Restoration of the proposed project area would increase the quantity and quality of dry prairie remnants and improve habitat for rare species found in the area including Blanding's turtle, North American racer, kittentails, and James' polanisia. The proposed project area is used by nearly 10,000 students who attend outdoor science education classes each year. Students will be actively engaged in the restoration process.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 02/08/2013 - 06/30/2016

Project Manager Tara Kelly

Grant Recipient Belwin Conservancy

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $53,772

Expended $53,772

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

Management Unit(s) Private

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Washington


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 14 Acres

Measurement 14 Acres

Target Summary planned acres

Measurement Summary completed acres