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Minnesota’s Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment — for Natural Resources…or New Development?

A Legacy of Nature  — A campaign to ensure high-quality natural areas for now and future generations of people and wildlife.

Based on past spending and current funding requests the 2008 Legacy Amendment will be more detrimental to our metro area natural resources than many of those who voted for it expected.  This trend will continue until there is action taken by Legislators.

Despite the fact that woodlands, prairies, lakes and wetlands are stressed and degraded in many of our regional parks, the highest spending category of Legacy funds for the Regional Parks System has been “New Development” such as:

  • Roadways, parking lots, & sidewalks
  • Wave pool mechanical filtration system
  • Golf course clubhouse septic system
  • Maintenance shop

Wilderness in the City is advocating for balanced spending of Legacy Funds to ensure that natural resources in our unique and valuable metro regional parks system are preserved for future generations of people and wildlife.


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We’re Watching

We monitor issues in Dakota County, Met Council, and the Legislature that affect Lebanon Hills Regional Park and our other urban natural spaces across the region.


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Thanks Volunteers!

Thank you to all the Natural Resource Stewardship volunteers in Lebanon Hills Regional Park.

Volunteer with Us

Give time to our organization. Experience in grant writing, website, and membership development wanted.



Support Our Work

Each year the natural resources in our urban natural spaces and parks are under pressure to be built in and through. You can help preserve our urban woods, prairies, and wetlands by becoming a supporting member of Wilderness in the City with a gift of $20 or more today!

We are Wilderness in the City – dedicated to preserving and enhancing urban natural areas for future generations.


Wilderness in the City’s informative newsletters are published quarterly and include timely information on issues relative to Lebanon Hills and the regional parks system.


There are many ways to volunteer Wilderness in the City.  Depending on your interest, you can participate in a natural resources work night, volunteer to work at a community event, or attend hearings and meet with Legislators to discuss A Legacy of Nature.

Lebanon Hills

Learn more about Lebanon Hills Regional Park and the controversial 2015 Master Plan, and what we are doing to help preserve the wilderness character of this beloved park, which is its greatest character.

Met Council

The Metropolitan Council’s 2040 Regional Parks Policy Plan establishes criteria that regional park implementing agencies must follow in order to be eligible for funding.  Learn more about how the process works. [This section is under construction and will be available soon!]

Dakota County

Find information relating to Dakota County Parks Department, the implementing agent for Lebanon Hills, including links and information related to natural resources, parks, and trails.


Contact us to learn more about any issues we are working on, or if you’d like to get involved.