Promoting Biodiversity in Natural Areas

Through restoration of stream corridors, shoreline, woodlands, prairies, pollinator gardens, rain gardens and wetlands, the City provides critical habitat hubs for endangered pollinator and wildlife species. There are currently over 105 acres of land restored to native vegetation within Lakeville’s municipal boundary, all of which is managed by the Environmental Resources Department to limit weed encroachment and promote continued plant diversity. Funding for initial native establishment comes from sources including (but not limited to): Clean Water Fund grants administered by the Board of Water and Soil Resources, Conservation Partners Legacy grants administered by the Department of Natural Resources, and Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund grants as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. Learn more about keystone projects below.

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  1. Prairies

Ritter Farm Park Prairie and Woodland Enhancement

In 2021, through a partnership with Great River Greening, the City began the Ritter Farm Park Prairie and Woodland Restoration project. The project includes restoration of 6.1 acres of prairie, management of 4.0 acres of historic prairie restoration and management of 6.8 acres of buckthorn. Work associated with this project will take place from 2021-2023, and incorporates pollinator habitat monitoring pre-, during- and post-restoration. 

  1. Woodlands
  1. Pollinator Gardens