The Natural Resources Department provides the following services:
- Habitat management and ecological restoration in natural areas
- Surface water management and monitoring programs
- Wildlife management programs
- Urban forest management
- Natural resources public education programs
- Participation in local Watershed Management Organizations
- Review of Development Plans for environmental impacts
Natural Resources Master Plan Update
Terrace Oaks Park Savanna/Woodland Restoration
The City began large-scale restoration activities at Terrace Oaks Park in 2014 with a 19-acre project in the northwest corner of the park. This project was conducted in partnership with Great River Greening, with funding for the second phase of the project contributed by the Conservation Partners Legacy (CPL) grant (a MN Department of Natural Resources program). In 2018-2019, the restoration project was expanded by 26 acres in the north central section of the park with additional grant funding through the CPL grant program.
As of February 2021, the City has obtained another CPL grant which will be used to restore an additional 22-acre area in the northeast corner of the park during the winter of 2021-2022. This restoration work will be ongoing for several years, and will include invasive species removal (like common buckthorn), thinning weedy tree species and establishing an understory of savanna grasses and wildflowers. Click here to see a map of the planned or current restoration areas at the park (PDF). To learn more about the goals and benefits of the projects, please check out the savanna showcase page.