Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota
This project was completed as part of a year-long partnership between the City of Rosemount and the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (http://www.rcp.umn.edu). The City of Rosemount includes a stretch of land along the Mississippi River—the site of a planned regional bike trail. The area around the proposed bike trail is in a somewhat degraded state today after years of animal grazing and human use, with many nonnative species in need of control. Several different entities, including Flint Hills Resources, CF Industries, and Dakota County, currently own portions of the riverfront property. The goal of this project was to convene relevant stakeholders and land owners, evaluate existing restoration activities in the Mississippi River Critical Area Corridor, and recommend an overall restoration strategy or plan that builds on these efforts and incorporates additional public access opportunities. In collaboration with city project lead Eric Zweber, a planner for the City of Rosemount, four teams of students in HORT 5071: Ecological Restoration assessed the condition of the land and ecosystems and designed a master plan for restoration of approximately 70 acres of the riverfront after the planned bike trail is in place. A group presentation from the project is available highlighting overall restoration goals and an overview of recommendations, in addition to reports for each of the four restoration areas.
Presentation and reports completed by students enrolled in HORT 5071: Ecological Restoration, taught by Susan Galatowitsch in fall 2014.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota that convenes the wide-ranging expertise of U of M faculty and students to address strategic local projects that advance community resilience and sustainability. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at http://www.rcp.umn.edu.
Barnhart, Caitlin; Ellingson, Emily; Ogdahl, Eric; Ponath, Nicole; Anderson, Connor; Barnes, Michael; Shaughnessy, Aidan; Madaus, Cody; Butler, Megan; Singh, Niluja; Unzeitig, Matthew M.
Mississippi River Corridor Restoration Site Analysis.
Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota.
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