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Forest Enhancement at Spring Lake Regional Park


The Spring Lake Forest Enhancement project will enhance and manage 90 acres of remnant native maple-basswood and 50 acres of degraded forest. This project will enhance native forest habitat for the benefit of wildlife, particularly for birds and animals associated with large areas of mature deciduous forest. This will be done by controlling invasive plants and reforestation and planting of 11 acres of forest, resulting in an expanded native forest cover, improved connectedness of native forest habitat, and an increase in the site's resiliency as a forest habitat. An additional benefit is the reduction of potential sedimentation and pollutant loading to an adjacent wetland and nearby lake. Woody species will be controlled using cut-stump, basal bark, and foliar treatments. Non-native invasive herbaceous material and cover crop will be treated. Sites will be planted at an overall rate of 2,000 seedlings per acre using locally sourced material.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program (Metro)

Status In Progress

Dates 03/23/2015 - 06/30/2018

Project Manager Patricia Freeman

Grant Recipient Scott County

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $73,000

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

Management Unit(s) County

Habitat(s) Forest

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Scott


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 140 Acres

Measurement N/A