Dakota County will restore 24 acres of swamp, oak woodland and oak savanna on a site west of Holland Lake in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. This rare plant community is one of the southernmost tamarack swamps in Minnesota and the only one in Dakota County. See project map.
The project will create conditions that are more favorable to tamarack regeneration through the removal of invasive species and selective thinning of speckled alder.
Volunteers will be invited to assist with planting, seed collections, and removal of invasive species.
Funding for the project will be provided by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Dakota County Parks.
In winter 2016–2017, forestry mowing must occur under frozen ground conditions using heavy equipment. Trails adjacent to work areas will be closed for short periods.
Winter 2016-2017: Removal of unwanted vegetation
2017-2018: Prepare and seed 5.7-acre savanna
2017-2018: Control invasive species throughout the site
2020: Plant 3–5 year old tamarack seedlings