Metro Big Rivers Habitat, Phase 2

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Great River Greening, MN Land Trust, Friends of Mississippi River, Trust for Public Land, MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc.
Recipient Type: 
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2011
End Date: 
June 2016
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Ramsey, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, Washington
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(d)
Appropriation Language 

$5,000,000 the first year is to the commissioner of natural resources for agreements to acquire interests in land in fee or permanent conservation easements and to restore and enhance natural systems associated with the Mississippi, Minnesota, and St. Croix Rivers as follows: $960,000 to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc.; $150,000 to Great River Greening; $840,000 to Minnesota Land Trust; $150,000 to Friends of the Mississippi River; and $2,900,000 to The Trust for Public Land. A list of proposed projects, describing types and locations of acquisitions, restorations, and enhancements, must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The accomplishment plan must include an easement monitoring and enforcement plan. Money appropriated from the outdoor heritage fund for easement acquisition may be used to establish a monitoring and enforcement fund as approved in the accomplishment plan and subject to subdivision 15. An annual financial report is required for any monitoring and enforcement fund established, including expenditures from the fund.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Restore 26 acres, Protect 733 acres and Enhance 158 acres in total

Source of Additional Funds: 

FMR, landowner, local, state and federal, donated easeemnt, private

Project Overview

Metro Big Rivers will protect 733 acres, restore 26 acres and enhance 158 acres of priority wildlife habitat within the three big rivers corridors in the Metropolitan Urbanizing Area.

Project Details

Accomplishment Plan:

Project Manager

Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc.
2312 Seabury Avenue