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.
The Wandering Naturalist
This month, Brandon and Angela are taking a closer look at symbiotes. Learn about symbiotes of all shapes and sizes and their complex relationships, how cultural biases have impacted our study of them and why we should consider our relationship with the land to be one that is mutualistic.
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By: John Moriarty
From securing permits to making sure habitat is just right, a lot of work goes into bringing new butterflies into our parks. Learn all about the process of reintroducing butterflies, our past successes and which butterflies we hope to introduce into our parks in the future.
By: Angela Grill
Understanding how our bumblebee populations are changing and why helps us determine how we can best support them. Read on to learn all about how we conduct bumblebee surveys in our parks and what you can do to help collect valuable bumblebee data.
There are plenty of ways to volunteer in cooperation with the Three Rivers Department of Natural Resources. Put your time to good use by helping to protect and enrich our earth!
News from Natural Resources
Three Rivers Park District is partnering with the University of Minnesota on a research project to monitor white-tailed deer for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, their habitat use, and movement in and around Elm Creek Park Reserve.
Motorists on park and local roads should be aware of turtles crossing roads near wetlands.
Learn about the important work happening to eradicate the invasive vine Oriental bittersweet.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at how small seeds can have a big impact on prairie habitat.
Read the Star Tribune's coverage of how the prairie at Crow-Hassan Park Reserve came to be and why it's important.