Dakota County will restore 136 acres around Jensen Lake within Lebanon Hills Regional Park.
During the first phase of the project completed in 2017, non-native invasive trees (buckthorn, Siberian elm, etc) were removed from 136 acres. During the second phase of the project, 112 acres of the original project area will receive additional restoration work.
The restoration project is funded by a grant from the Conservation Partners Legacy Program. See Phase II project map.
Phase II activities will include:
- Additional thinning of undesirable native trees
- Invasive species management (primarily garlic mustard) using volunteers and contracted labor
- Prescribed burning
- Installation of acorns and native seed
- Creating fenced in beds of native plants that will be used for future seed collection.
Winter 2017-2018 and 2018-2019: Canopy thinning on 71 acres
2018-2019: Prepare and seed 59 acres
2018-2019: Prescribed burns on 38 acres
2018-2020: Control invasive plants