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Western Waterfront Restoration


The St. Louis River and its estuary are critical to fish and wildlife populations and Lake Superior’s biological productivity. Riparian lands within the City of Duluth are critical to goals to maintain and improve the area’s fish and wildlife populations. For this project, Duluth will protect and restore native plant diversity and habitat structure on 33 acres along a 3.35 mile reach from Tallus Island to Kingsbury Creek. The area is heavily impacted by prior urban uses that laid the groundwork for the spread of invasive species including buckthorn, garlic mustard, honeysuckle, Japanese knotweed, and tansy. Project methods are to determine plant community composition, target invasive species, and develop an implementation plan; meet with partners to coordinate roles and responsibilities; remove invasives, prepare soil, and plant native species; and implement an adaptive management plan. The improved habitat buffer and ecosystem services will benefit birds, insects, fish and small animal populations by improving water quality via decreased nutrients and sediment loading of the river.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program (Metro)

Status In Progress

Dates 06/08/2015 - 06/30/2018

Project Manager Kathleen Begren

Grant Recipient City Of Duluth

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $400,000

Expended $144,906

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 33 Acres

Measurement N/A