Our Timely and Critical Proposal to Transition “Turf to Native Pollinator Gardens” across the Metro
Throughout the regional parks system, expansive swaths of environmentally-degrading turf provide timely opportunities to create high-quality native pollinator gardens. Toward that goal, we have submitted a grant proposal to create ten pollinator gardens within regional parks across the metropolitan area.
These critical gardens will increase habitat for bees and butterflies across the metro in a timely manner, and also serve as examples and inspiration for park visitors to plant native pollinators gardens in their own yards, leading to a mosaic of food sources for pollinators across the metro region and beyond.
Our appreciation to the LCCMR for recommending our project for full funding during the 2020 Legislative Session through the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund and will increase high-quality habitat across the metro area to benefit bees, butterflies, birds, other wildlife, and people.
Special thanks to Dakota County Forever Wild Parks for their enthusiastic support of this grant proposal, which stems from the recently implemented “turf to native garden” near the visitor center in Lebanon Hills Regional Park. If we are fortunate to be awarded grant funding, the first site will be selected within a Dakota County regional park, and installed in Fall 2020. From there, we look forward to collaborating with interested regional park agencies to establish nine additional gardens throughout the regional parks system starting in 2021.
Learn more about our proposal and tell us what you think at email@example.com. We will keep you informed as this process moves along.