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City receives grant for habitat restoration at Rudy Kraemer Nature Preserve

In spring of 2012, the City received a $57,500 Conservation Partners Legacy grant from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.  This grant will help protect and improve wetland and prairie habitat at the preserve.  Work for this grant will continue through 2014 and includes controlled burns, invasive species control and native plant seeding. 

Blue Thumb - Planting for Clean Water Workshops

Everyone is catching on! Creating landscaped areas with native plants or gardens that soak up rainwater is the secret to leisurely living in great looking yards. Attend a Blue Thumb workshop to see how others in your city have created great looking landscaped areas that benefit local lakes, rivers and wetlands.

This program is open, free of charge, to all Burnsville residents.  Two workshop options are available for 2013, one in March and one in April.  Click
 here for more information.

Volunteers needed in Burnsville Wetlands
Volunteer to step into the world of wetlands—wearing a pair of waders of course! Dakota County is seeking people to help monitor the health of community wetlands through the Wetland Health Evaluation Program (WHEP). A science background or previous experience is not required, and all training and equipment is provided.

Volunteers receive training in field methods, insect collection and identification, and plant survey techniques. Teams work under the direction of a team leader and are grouped by city. The average total time commitment is 10 – 30 hours from May through August.

Registration takes place March 1 through May 1st. 
To learn more or to register, visit or call the Dakota County Water Resources Department at 952-891-7000.

The Civic Center Sustainability Project -
The native prairie planting installed at Civic Center Parkway and Nicollet Avenue is now several years old.  Visit the Civic Center Sustainability Project page to learn more about the project and see how this area has changed over time. 

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