Planted Natural Areas
Recognizing the many benefits of native vegetation, the MPRB strives to encourage the use of native plants in the landscape.
As an effort to reduce mowing several large areas of mowed turf and steep slopes were planted with native prairie grasses in the early 1990’s.
Shoreline buffers along lakes and streams have also been installed as funding allows. Storm water ponds have been installed near several lakes as storm water treatment prior to water entering the lake.
Some of our natural area plantings include:
In urban areas, the threat of invasive speciesand human disturbances are always present and management of these sites is ongoing. A variety of management techniques are used by staff to maintain and enhance these planted areas.
More information on the role of MPRB's Forestry Division in our natural areas.