Current Phase: Planning
The next Ecological System Plan Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting is scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, 4:30-6 pm at Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board headquarters, 2117 West River Road.
We would like your input! It’s important to MPRB to learn about how you connect with nature in the parks and which ecological system plan topic is most important to you. Please take our short survey.
Also, did you know that each Ecological System Plan topic relates to the ways in which you experience Minneapolis parks? For more information, see our project info handout [PDF].
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB) and the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization (MWMO) are preparing the first-ever Ecological System Plan. This plan will set a vision for making parks and public lands more friendly to the environment.
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The CAC is comprised of 19 members [PDF] from throughout Minneapolis and the MWMO jurisdiction. Its main charge is to help ensure broad public understanding of and input into the plan.
The public may attend CAC meetings. Time for general public comment will be reserved at the end of each meeting
In the spring and summer of 2017, we will host a variety of engagement events out in the community and in the parks. We are still working on exactly where we will be, so check back later for more details.
Tue, Aug 29, 2017 from 4:30pm - 6:00pm @ Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board Headquarters
We will be meeting to discuss the date, location, and format of the first plan specific public involvement event and how the CAC would like to see tie-ins with local organizations and scientific concepts relating to plan themes (water, air, land, and life) and topics (air quality issues, carbon sequestration, urban heat island effect, stormwater runoff, habitat connectivity, habitat quality and biodiversity, and sustainable energy generation).
ECOLOGY: the study of home
This photograph was taken in 1972 from the window of Apollo 17. It's called the "Blue Marble." This is the last image of the whole earth taken by a person, and it came at a time of environmental awakening for our nation. It got us thinking about home - our home, our region, our city. What is our home environment really like? And how can we make it even better?
Urbanization can be a problem for natural systems. Increased pavement, vehicle traffic, higher urban temperatures, and general use can negatively impact urban waterways, green spaces, and the air. Cities, however, can help solve many of the problems they create - if managed properly.
The Ecological System Plan will seek to first understand the ecology of the city and watershed, then plan for parks and public lands management and improvements that benefit both humans and nature. It will address specific threats such as climate change, decreasing water quality, explosion of invasive species, increasing runoff, and fragmentation of habitat. It will envision a more environmentally sound way of managing the impacts of the city, so that the city can be cleaner, greener, cooler, and more efficient.
Specifically, the ecological system plan will:
General O&M Funds
Grant from the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization