Restoring prairies, wetlands and forests

controlled burn at a state park

Minnesota state parks are directed by statute to "reestablish desirable plants and animals that were formerly indigenous to the park area but are now missing." 


This direction is why native plant community restoration is so important to the Parks and Trails Division. Every year, we aim to restore 800 acres, returning disturbed or agricultural lands back to prairies, wetlands and forests.

Native plant community restoration is a long-term, generational commitment. We value this work, and we believe that restoring our natural heritage will benefit all current and future Minnesotans.


Managing tallgrass prairie – Buffalo River State Park

Prairie restoration

Restore Your Shore: a tool for shoreland owners and professionals

"Glendalough" (2015 Minnesota Conservation Volunteer article about prairie restoration at the state park)

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