To protect valuable natural resources, Dakota County develops the Natural Resource Management Plans that guide natural resources management of its greenways. The plans includes a long-term vision (for the next 20 years) as well as outline more specific implementation steps over the next five years.
The 20-mile Lake Marion Greenway is located near 3,500 acres of natural areas in the cities of Burnsville, Lakeville and Farmington. The North Creek Greenway is 14 miles and provides access to 1,500 acres of public natural areas in the cities of Apple Valley and Farmington. Both of these greenway corridors include prairies, oak woodlands, forests and wetlands that provide wildlife habitat and enhance the experiences of visitors.
Lake Marion Greenway Natural Resources Management Plan - Draft
North Creek Greenway Natural Resources Management Plan - Draft
2021: Scoping, stakeholder consultation (completed)
March 28–May 27, 2022: Draft public review and comment period
June 23, 2022: Planning Commission review of final draft
Summer 2022: Plan adoption
Additional questions or comments regarding the draft plan can be submitted to