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Maple Grove City Council Approves Forest Preservation Land Acquisition

May 17, 2018 09:23PM ● By Wendy Erlien

graphic provided by city of Maple Grove

More than 20 years ago, there was 20-acres of land the city of Maple Grove sought to purchase for forest preservation. However, it was unable for purchase. 

"As a result of a 1995 voter referendum the city has assembled numerous properties for the purposes of forest preservation resulting in the acquisition of approximately 220 acres of high value woodland and surrounding wetlands and prairie grass," according to an April 16 memo to the Maple Grove City Council from City Engineer Ken Ashfeld. "At the time of the previous acquisitions the 20 acres that is the subject of the Purchase Agreement was considered to be an important element of the property assemblage but was not available to purchase." 

Recently, the land owners approached the city "with an interest to sell the property" which resulted in a $100,000 purchase agreement with the city council approved at the April 16 meeting to acquire the land for forest preservation.

Funding for the land is from the "remaining proceeds of the bond sale as approved by the voter referendum," according to Ashfeld's memo

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