Last year Ramsey County Parks and Recreation began work on the Keller Lake Savanna and Woodland Project. Funding for the 18 plus acre restoration project was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota DNR Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program. The project is within the Keller Lake Regional Park in Maplewood, situated on both sides of Highway 61, near Roselawn Avenue.
PRI has been contracted by the county to restore over 12 acres of woodlands and about 6 acres of savanna. Work began in July of 2016 with herbicide treatment in the savanna area. Over the winter PRI began work in the woodlands with removal of buckthorn and other undesirable trees and shrubs. In the spring we will conduct controlled burns on portions of the woodlands and the savanna parcels.
The savanna areas will be seeded with native prairie grasses and wildflowers this summer. Maintenance on the savanna and woodlands will continue through 2018.
Restoration of the savanna and woodlands to native plant communities will greatly increase the aesthetic value to patrons of the park and offers many benefits to wildlife, including pollinators.
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