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Carver Co. Rd. 11 Prairie


The Carver Park Reserve Prairie is the first phase of a 430 acre prairie/savanna complex. The existing oldfield will be restored to mesic prairie with a diversity of native grasses and forbs. The cluster of large bur oaks in the east unit will be managed as savanna with additional grass and forb species added. Initial work will remove woody plants from the prairie area and aggressive natives from the savanna. Small material will be cut with a woods mower and larger trees cut and stump treated. The entire project site will be burned in the spring. The prairie portion will then have herbicide treatments done, followed by no-till seeding. Steeper slopes will have anchored straw mulch applied to reduce erosion. The savanna portion will have seed hand broadcast in the fall. The contractor will mow and spray for weeds during the first two growing seasons using techniques and chemicals agreed on by the project manager and contractor. The restored prairie will increase the habitat for numerous SGCN listed grassland birds. The diverse forb component in the prairie will benefit a number of native pollinators.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program (Metro)

Status In Progress

Dates 01/29/2015 - 06/30/2018

Project Manager John Moriarty

Grant Recipient Three Rivers Park District

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $198,360

Expended $164,350

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

Management Unit(s) Other

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Carver


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 165 Acres

Measurement 165 Acres