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Terrace Oaks Savanna Project Phase II


The project site is within Terrace Oaks Park which is a 230 acre city park with a protected land classification. The restoration area is centered around a degraded oak savanna with remnant vegetation pockets and a large existing Bur and White Oak population of various ages. Large openings in the savanna will make excellent prairie pockets and some north facing slopes will be managed as Red Oak woodlands. The end result will be a diverse mixture of habitats. This grant proposal is for the second phase of an oak savanna restoration project that was undertaken at Terrace Oaks Park starting in January 2015. Phase I was undertaken in partnership with Great River Greening and will be completed in October 2015. That phase includes the removal of large buckthorn and weedy tree species (22 semi-loads of wood chipped material removed from site), seeding of a simple native grass mix to stabilize soils and one season of unwanted vegetation control. Funding is needed to initiate Phase II in 2016. Phase II will include controlling woody regrowth and other invasive plant species while establishing a diverse understory of wildflowers.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program (Metro)

Status In Progress

Dates 01/14/2016 - 06/30/2019

Project Manager Caleb Ashling

Grant Recipient City Of Burnsville

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $61,600

Expended $16,110

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

Management Unit(s) Local

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Dakota


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 19 Acres

Measurement 19 Acres