Dakota County will restore 125 acres around Dakota Lake within Lebanon Hills Regional Park in this two-phase project. The main goal of this project is to thin the tree canopy within lower quality woodland pockets.
Openings in the canopy benefit a diverse array of flora and fauna. With a thinner canopy, native plants such as sedges and grasses are stimulated, which provide good fuel to allow for the reintroduction of fire as a natural resources management tool.
Funding for this restoration project is provided by grants from the Conservation Partners Legacy Program and Dakota County. Additional funding for native seed is provided by a Butler Foundation Grant secured through our project partner, Great River Greening.
During this first phase of the Dakota Lake project, restoration and enhancement activities will focus on 65 acres of land north and east of Dakota Lake. See project map.
Phase I project timeline
2017-2019: Exotic woody brush removal
Winter 2017-2018: Canopy thinning
2018: Prepare and seed native savanna
2018-2020: Prescribed burns
2018-2020: Control invasive plants (buckthorn)
The second phase of theproject will focus on an additional 60 acres west and south of Dakota Lake and will connect multiple restoration areas. It will result in 323 contiguous acres of restored habitat within Lebanon Hills Regional Park. See project map.
See a map of all Lebanon Hills restoration projects.
Phase II project timeline
Winter 2018-2019: Exotic woody brush removal, canopy thinning
2019: Prepare and seed native savanna, woodlands and wetland shoreline
2019-2021: Prescribed burning
2019-2021: Control invasive plants (garlic mustard, Japanese hedge parsley, buckthorn)