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Cottage Grove Habitat Corridor Restoration


The Cottage Grove Park & Recreation Department has established a long-term goal of connecting remnant prairie, oak woodland, wetlands and a pond with high quality restored native plant communities along a six-mile corridor. The project area is a key habitat identified for high quality restoration and represents one of the last segments to be restored. Restoring diverse quality habitat with local ecotype seed will benefit game and nongame wildlife and pollinator habitats, as well as improving water quality by reducing nutrients and runoff to surface-water. Methods include invasive woody plant control by cutting, stump treating and/or mowing; non-native grass control using herbicides; prescribed burns to remove thatch and stimulate growth of native vegetation between herbicide applications; seeding with a diverse, local ecotype mix; and maintenance to reduce long-term problems and costs.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program (Metro)

Status In Progress

Dates 04/10/2015 - 06/30/2018

Project Manager Zac Dockter

Grant Recipient City of Cottage Grove

Grant Recipient Type N/A

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $50,000

Expended $40,575

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

Management Unit(s) Local

Habitat(s) FGW

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Washington


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 22 Acres

Measurement 24 Acres