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Tree Removal, Prairie Restoration Project at Elm Creek Park Reserve

Feb 01, 2020 09:15PM

Tree removal, prairie restoration project area (graphic provided by Three Rivers Park District)

A tree removal project by the Three Rivers Park District will be underway in the northeast portion of Elm Creek Park Reserve (in Champlin) this winter. Sections of the paved trails will be closed during the project. 

The park spans through the communities of Maple Grove, Dayton and Champlin, 

The work is anticipated to take about five weeks to be completed, weather permitting.  The 36-acre project site will have most of the existing trees and shrubs removed, according to Three Rivers Park District. 

The project is part of a larger 160-acre Conservation Partners Legacy funded prairie restoration project in Elm Creek Park Reserve. 

"The majority of the trees and shrubs on the site are not native to the park and many of them are invasive species that threaten to spread into other portions of Elm Creek’s natural areas," according to a Three Rivers Park District press release.  "The invasive species include: common and glossy buckthorn, black locust, white poplar, scotch pine, oriental bittersweet and Asian pear. Selected oaks and basswoods will not be removed."

Once the trees/shrubs are cut, they will be ground up into chips and be used as fuel at District Energy in St. Paul or for landscaping.

In the spring, native grass will be planted in the project area and managed for regrowth of the invasive species for several years.

"Once the invasive species are controlled, the project area will be replanted to a mixture of oak woods and prairie," according to a Three Rivers Park District press release.

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