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Lower Fish Creek Restoration Expansion


Fish Creek Open Space is located within the Mississippi River Corridor in Maplewood. Large blocks of oak woods are limited in the Twin Cities metro and it is imperative that these areas are restored and enhanced to maintain native ecotypes and improve habitat in remnants that exist on protected lands. Currently the old growth oak woods on the south and west facing hillsides of the area are inundated with buckthorn so thick it makes a walk through the woods impassable. This project will restore 88 acres of mainly oak woods that connects to a 70 acre site currently being restored to oak woods and prairie, all for the protection of the plant communities and wildlife in the area. Methods include removal of invasive vegetation, site preparation, prescribed burn through areas that contain enough fuel, and seeding to reestablish native vegetation.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program (Metro)

Status In Progress

Dates 02/05/2015 - 06/30/2018

Project Manager Michael Goodnature

Grant Recipient Ramsey County Parks and Recreation Department

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $194,000

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 Ramsey


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 88 Acres

Measurement N/A