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Mississippi River Flyway Restoration


Through this project, Dakota County will restore approximately 88 acres within the Mississippi River flyway, transforming degraded fields to native prairie, removing invasive species in an oak forest along the Mississippi River, and removing invasive species from a walnut grove on the south side of the project site. This project will improve wildlife habitat and expand public hunting opportunities. The project site is located along the Mississippi River within Spring Lake Park Reserve, a 1500-acre natural jewel owned by Dakota County that provides for hunting, recreation, and wildlife protection. The project site is owned by Dakota County.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status In Progress

Dates 05/13/2014 - 06/30/2017

Project Manager Johnny Forrest

Grant Recipient Dakota County

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $198,000

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

Management Unit(s) Local

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Dakota


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 88 Acres

Measurement N/A