Metro Big Rivers Habitat Phase 3

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
MN Valley NWR Trust, Friends of Mississippi River, Great River Greening, MN Land Trust, Trust for Pulbic Land
Recipient Type: 
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2012
End Date: 
June 2016
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Anoka, Carver, Chisago, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott, Sibley, Washington, Wright
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2012, Ch. 264, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(b)
Appropriation Language 

$3,680,000 in the second 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: $1,000,000 to the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc.; $375,000 to the Friends of the Mississippi; $375,000 to Great River Greening; $930,000 to The Minnesota Land Trust; and $1,000,000 to The Trust for Public Land. A list of proposed = acquisitions, restorations, and enhancements must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The accomplishment plan must include an easement stewardship plan. Up to $51,000 is for establishing a monitoring and enforcement fund as approved in the accomplishment plan and subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 97A.056, subdivision 17. An annual financial report is required for any monitoring and enforcement fund established, including expenditures from the fund and a description of annual monitoring and enforcement activities.

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

restore 8 acres of prairie, protect in fee 280 acres, and protect in easement 175 acres and enhance 290 acres.

Source of Additional Funds: 

federal, local, private dollars and donated eastments - City of Fridley, City of Maplewood, and Springbrook Foundation

Project Overview

Metro Big Rivers Phase 3 will protect 455 acres, restore 8 acres and enhance 290 acres of priority habitat within the big rivers corridors in the Metropolitan Urbanizing Area.

Project Details

Project Manager

MN Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc.
3815 East American Boulevard
(612) 801-1935