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TIMELY ISSUE:  Comments encouraged on or before Mon., June 10, for the Lebanon Hills draft Natural Resources Management Plan

A draft Natural Resources Management Plan (NRMP) for Lebanon Hills is now available for a public review and comment through Mon., June 10.

  • Suggested Comment for you to use, or edit as you prefer.
  • All are encouraged to include a personal message or additional key points you’d like to highlight.
  • Submit comments to Joe Walton, project manager,

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.

Our Position:  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.

Lebanon Hills Regional Park

Meaningful public involvement as the controversial 2015 Master Plan is implemented in years ahead will be vital to preserving the unique wilderness character of this special place. We will keep you informed when decisions are pending and how you can take action.

Learn more about Dakota County, the implementing agency for Lebanon Hills and other Forever Wild Parks.

A Legacy of Nature

A campaign to ensure high-quality natural areas are preserved for future generations of people and wildlife.

To assure the natural resources within these unique parks are preserved for future generations, ask your elected legislators to oppose Parks and Trails Legacy Funding for the metropolitan region unless changes are made to better reflect funding priorities and the original intent of the law.  See who represents you.

Contrary to what most people intended, these Legacy dollars are not being invested in restoring our degrading natural resources.  Since inception spending of these funds has disproportionately gone to constructing new and expanding existing infrastructure in Regional Parks, resulting in diminished natural resources…and more stuff to take care of, including potential projects such as the controversial paved Connector Trail through Lebanon Hills. 

Most people who voted for the Legacy Amendment cited reason such as clean water and preserving nature as their reason for voting “yes”.  A portion of the Legacy monies trickles through the Metropolitan Council to support the regional parks system. 

Our metropolitan regional parks represent some of the last remaining refuges in the metropolitan region for habitats including prairies, savannas, woodlands, forests and wetlands.  Throughout our parks system, these valuable natural resources are degraded, and unless restored and actively managed, we risk losing them.  

What will be our Legacy?  

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