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Collaborative Restoration of North Shore Forests


This project is a collaborative effort to enhance wildlife habitat by restoring native vegetation communities to functioning, resilient forest ecosystems on public lands of the North Shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota. Project objectives will be accomplished through invasive species management and the planting and protection of native conifer and hardwood species in the near-shore areas of Sugarloaf Cove and the Cascade River and Spruce Creek watersheds. Major outcomes will be to improve wildlife habitat and watershed health in the project area and to provide benefits to Minnesota's Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) that rely on upland conifer forests. This project is consistent with Minnesota Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan goals which identify the North Shore of Lake Superior as an area of high conservation priority and emphasize restoration efforts aimed at reducing impacts to lakes and streams in this area.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status In Progress

Dates 01/14/2014 - 06/30/2017

Project Manager Molly Thompson

Grant Recipient Sugarloaf: The North Shore Stewardship Association

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $400,000

Expended $289,150

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

Management Unit(s) Federal

Habitat(s) Forest

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Cook


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 434 Acres

Measurement 434 Acres