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Legacy Amendment funds habitat restoration near Root River Trail


Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Thirty acres of rare habitat in southeastern Minnesota are getting an ecological makeover thanks to a voter-approved tax and a partnership between the Department of Natural Resources and the Nature Conservancy.

Located three miles north of Preston next to the Root River State Trail, the Isinours unit of the R.J. Dorer State Forest consists of a mix of habitats, including oak savanna and bluff prairie – both considered rare. In the absence of fire, portions of the 188-acre unit have been overrun with buckthorn, box elder, cedars and other plants.

Work is now underway to clear undesirable vegetation from three patches totaling 30 acres in the Isinours unit. Removing the more aggressive vegetation will allow a greater diversity of native plants to flourish. About five acres will be completely cleared of dense cedar and transformed to bluff prairie. Areas cleared of invasive brush and cedar will be included in a larger prescribed fire to regenerate native plants.

The Isinours project is being managed by the Nature Conservancy, which is working on restoration at several sites with high biodiversity in the Root River watershed in southeastern Minnesota. It is funded by $18,000 from the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which gets part of a sales tax dedicated to the outdoors, parks, water quality and the arts and culture. The dedicated fund was approved by voters as the Legacy Amendment to the state constitution in November 2008.

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