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Wood Lake Prairie Restoration Project


The Wood Lake Prairie Restoration and Enhancement Project will bring the health back to the prairie and adjacent oak savanna area. The project would include treatments of prescribed burning, cutting of invasive plants, seeding of native prairie seed, mowing, and integrated plant management. Wood Lake hosts over 70,000 visitors annually, this proposal would aid in the management and further restoration of a showcase prairie with oak savanna. Visitors would be able to experience a flourishing native Minnesota prairie in an urban setting. Also, the proposal would encourage the conservation of both animal and plant species such and Eastern Bluebirds, Monarch Butterflies, Five-lined Skinks, Red Fox, Prairie Smoke, Leadplant, Butterfly Weed, and Prairie Rose.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program (Metro)

Status In Progress

Dates 04/15/2015 - 06/30/2018

Project Manager Amy Markle

Grant Recipient City of Richfield - Wood Lake Nature Center

Grant Recipient Type N/A

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $44,483

Expended $22,709

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 Hennepin


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 12 Acres

Measurement 12 Acres