Natural Resource Management

Two Natural Resource Coordinators oversee and implement land stewardship activities throughout the 4,800 acre park system. Current and future stewardship is outlined in each tab by park. 

Current Projects

  • Coordination with Carnelian-Marine-St. Croix Watershed District on a stormwater improvement project off of 177th St N. 
  • Hybrid cattail control with University of Minnesota on Big Marine Lake.
  • CR-4 turtle fence crossing maintenance.
  • Noxious weed control along the main park road for Canada thistle.
  • Siberian elm control.
  • Continued forestry of buckthorn re-sprouts in the main park area.
  • Cover crop program on 24 ac of crop field within the park reserve. 
  • Oriental bittersweet control south of the maintenance shop.
  • Rain garden maintenance. 

Future Projects

  • Prairie restoration on 24 acres of crop field in partnership with Pheasants Forever. 
  • Developement of a Request for Proposal on the development of a natural resource management plan.