Supported Project in P&TC’s 2018 Legislative Agenda
This project will restore 255 acres of forested native plant communities that have been impacted by turn of the century logging, clearing for agriculture and an over-abundance of white-tailed deer. These activities will take place in four state parks/state recreation areas:
- Forestville-Mystery Cave – 65 acres
- Greenleaf Lake – 10 acres
- Itasca – 150 acres
- Jay Cooke – 30 acres
2018 LCCMR Recommendation
- Providing additional habitat for nearly 30 species identified in Minnesota’s Wildlife Action Plan as a Species of Greatest Conservation Need, including 10 MN Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern species.
- Helping meet the statutory mandate for MN State Parks to “restore, preserve and perpetuate natural and scenic features…” (86A.05 subd. 2c)
- Aiding the MN DNR in meeting the goals and objectives identified in Minnesota’s Wildlife Action Plan (2015-2025) and the MNDNR Conservation Agenda (2015-2025)
- Site preparation – may involve activities such as invasive species control, prescribed burning and disking.
- Planting – accomplished via direct seeding or planting of seedlings
- Protection/establishment – this may require exclosures, bud-capping, deer repellants or high mowing
Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) has recommended this project to be funded by the Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund.