Learn how to protect the environment
As we get out and make tracks, let’s remember our footprint. Three Rivers is dedicated to preserving native plant communities, wildlife diversity, and water quality throughout the region. With your help, Three Rivers will inspire a future generation of environmental stewards.
The Three Rivers Park District Natural Resources Management department is responsible for restoring and protecting natural resources—such as native plant communities, wildlife diversity and water quality—in Three Rivers' park reserves and regional parks. Our Natural Resources section includes Forestry Management, Horticulture and Landscape Management, Water Resources Management, and Wildlife Management.
The Three Rivers policy for the planning and management of natural resources allows no more than 20 percent of a park reserve to be developed for active use and requires that at least 80 percent of the park reserve be restored to and retained in a natural state.
In keeping with this policy, Three Rivers is actively involved in the preservation and restoration of wildlife and plant species.
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News from Natural Resources
Assessment of the sub-watershed in Sochacki Park will begin this spring to identify potential improvements to its wetlands.
Three Rivers is removing trees and shrubs in Elm Creek Park Reserve as part of a prairie restoration project.
Learn about bumblebee research being conducted by Three Rivers on a recent episode of Minnesota Bound.
The Star Tribune talked to Three Rivers staff and volunteers and others about prairie seed collecting.
A three-year turtle study on Medicine Lake has come to a close. See what researchers learned.