Dakota County has partnered with Great River Greening to restore and enhance 75 acres of oak savanna and prairie around Star Pond in the southeast section of Lebanon Hills Regional Park. See project map.
This project will remove diseased and low-quality trees and shrubs in order to allow more sunlight to reach the ground layer. The site will be seeded, and plugs of savanna species will be planted by volunteers. The goal is to transition the site from low-quality, weedy trees and shrubs to a high-quality oak-aspen system.
In addition, this project will enhance approximately five acres of restored prairie by seeding and planting additional prairie flowers to improve habitat for pollinators and other wildlife.
Funding for this project is provided by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council and Dakota County Parks.
See a map of all Lebanon Hills restoration projects.
Tree harvesting in winter 2017–2018 will impact ski trails, which will be rerouted to minimize public impacts.
Winter 2017–2018: Removal of diseased and low-quality trees
2018: Seeding of savanna areas
2018: Volunteer event to plant 5,000 seedlings
2018: Prairie enhancement seeding and planting
2018-2021: Establishment maintenance (mowing and herbicide spot treatment of seeded areas)