friends and youth celebrate having planted a tree
January 29, 2020
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Partnership restores patches of habitat at seven state parks

In 2019, Parks & Trails Council partnered with seven friends groups to spearhead habitat restoration projects at state parks. This work was made possible by a generous grant from the Henry S. Crosby Foundation.

2019 by the Numbers

$25,364

7

237

11

493

Funds granted

Friends Group Partners

Trees and shrubs planted

Acres protected from deer

Volunteer hours

Projects

Friends of Blue Mounds State Park

Removed vulnerable trees and planted new, native trees.

  • 10 trees planted
  • 20 volunteer hours
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Friends of Lake Bemidji State Park

Erected deer exclosure fence to aid reforestation efforts.

  • 5 acres protected
  • $755 local cash match
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Friends of Minneopa State Park

Planted and protected trees for improved habitat and shade.

  • 22 trees planted
  • 20 volunteer hours
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Sibley State Park Improvement Association

Removed invasives and replaced with native trees and vegetation

  • 172 volunteer hours
  • $5871 local cash match
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Friends of Tettegouche State Park

Planted and protected trees to restore forest health.

  • 13 trees caged by volunteers
  • 250 additional seedlings planted by partner (Conservation Corps)
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Friends of Whitewater State Park

Planted native trees and shrubs for improved habitat and shade.

  • 85 trees and shrubs planted
  • 250 additional trees planted by partner (Boy Scouts)
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Friends of Zippel Bay State Park

Erected deer exclosure fence to aid reforestation efforts.

  • 6 acres protected
  • 99 volunteer hours
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What's Next?

Thank you and congratulations to the seven friends groups who implemented habitat restoration projects in 2019. Their hard work and dedication for their parks is evident! The state parks, wildlife, and park visitors truly benefit from their steadfast investment.

These completed projects conclude this two-year grant program focused on habitat restoration in state parks. P&TC thanks the Henry S. Crosby Foundation for their support in making this program happen! With this successful grant program to look back on, P&TC plans to continue providing grants to friends groups in 2020.