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South Metro Water Forum:  How you can make an impact

Sat., May 4, 9am-noon * School of Environmental Studies, Apple Valley

Learn more about water quality efforts, challenges, and what you can do in your community to make an impact. We will take you on a journey through city, county, and state efforts to address water quality problems and provide opportunities for you to get involved. Hear from speakers, talk to organizations, and meet other people who have a passion for keeping Minnesota’s water clean for generations to come.

Featured Speakers:
MPCA Commissioner: Laura Bishop
Dakota County Senior Groundwater Protection Specialist: Jill Trescott
Eagan Water Resource Manager: Eric Macbeth
Minnesota GreenCorps Program Members: Jes Braun, Kate Johnson

* Doors Open at 8:45; breakfast provided

* Register at www.conservationminnesota.org  

Event is presented by Conservation Minnesota


Public Comments Encouraged on or before Friday, June 7.

A draft Natural Resources Management Plan (NRMP) for Lebanon Hills is now available for a public review and comment through Friday, June 7.

In addition to Nature-based recreation and education opportunities, Lebanon Hills offers habitat for a wide variety of wildlife species that use the park, including species of greatest conservation need — badger, Blanding’s turtle, red-headed woodpecker, rusty-patched bumblebee, red shouldered hawk, river otter, tiger salamander, oven bird, brown thrasher, monarch butterfly, leadplant moth, Dakota Skipper, prairie skink, green snake, and plains pocket gopher, among many others. In addition, staff developed a list of over 100 species that have potential to either occur in the park, but have not been observed yet, or have the potential of being restored to the park.

  • The natural resources management vision for LHRP is to manage water, vegetation, and wildlife to conserve and increase biodiversity, restore native habitats, improve public benefits, and achieve resilience and regionally outstanding quality, now and for future generations.
  • The draft NRMP develops approaches to set a course for sustainable native plant communities within the park, which is critical toward preserving the unique natural character of Lebanon Hills.

We strongly support efforts to help Lebanon Hills achieve its full potential as an exceptional oasis of high-quality natural resources to benefit now and future generations of people and wildlife.

Submit comments to Joe Walton, Senior Ecologist and Project Manager, joseph.walton@co.dakota.mn.us or call 952-891-7507.

Quarterly Newsletters

Meaningful public engagement is essential to the decision making process for our valuable regional parks system.  We are working hard to monitor and keep you informed on issues at Dakota County, Metropolitan Council, and the Legislature that may impact the future of Lebanon Hills and other metro area natural spaces, and how you can take action.

Spring 2019 Newsletter
  • Lebanon Hills Restoration Update
  • Schedule of Volunteer Stewardship Events
  • Ongoing Issue to Watch:  Spring Lake Park Reserve
  • Regional Parks and Legislative Efforts
Winter 2019 Newsletter
  • Conflicts in Parks and Trails Legacy Spending
  • A Crucial Time for Nature-based Parks
  • Lebanon Hills:  A “Park” or “Park Reserve”?
  • Schedule of 2019 Natural Resource Volunteer Events
Fall 2018 Newsletter
  • Legacy Amendment:  Ten Years Later
  • The 25-Year Parks and Trails Plan
  • Regional Parks:  Vision vs. Reality
  • Keeping Lebanon Hills “Forever Wild”
Spring 2018 Newsletter
  • Restoration at Lebanon Hills
  • Transitioning to a Healthy Ecosystem
  • The Regional Parks Policy Plan
  • Critter Corner:  Spring Peepers
Winter 2018 Newsletter
  • Implementing Master Plans — Let’s Improve the Process
  • Update:  Lebanon Hills Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion
  • Why Trees are Being Cut Down in Lebanon Hills
  • Critter Corner:  Barred Owls
Fall 2017 Newsletter
  • Central Greenway Study – Revised and Approved    
  • Managing Invasive Buckthorn – Here’s how ELF can help
  • “Forever Wild” Decision Makers
  • Preserving Nature Close to Home
  • Northern Cardinals
Summer 2017 Newsletter
  • WANTED:  Dakota County Parks and Natural Resources Commission
  • Natural Resource News and Events at Lebanon Hills
  • Rethink Nature-based Parks System
  • Dragonflies and Damselflies
Spring 2017 Newsletter
  • Natural Resource Improvements at Lebanon Hills
  • Action Pending – Central Greenway Connectivity Study
  • Comprehensive Natural Resource Management Plan
  • Rusty Patched Bumblebees
Winter 2017 Newsletter
  • Connector Trail Status
  • Central Greenway Connectivity Study
  • Natural Resource News / Lebanon Hills Projects
  • A Legacy of Nature Campaign