The city has been given the opportunity to utilize state grant dollars to complete wetland restoration in the southern part of the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary. This project is being funded through a grant from Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund, received by project partner Great River Greening. The southern portion will not be a wetland bank giving the city more options and flexibility in the restoration plan. Resident input on the restoration plan was received at a project open house on October 24, 2019 and through an online comment period that was available from October 29 - November 6, 2019.
The input received from residents was incorporated, when feasible, into the final restoration plan. The final restoration plans were approved by the Blaine City Council on December 16, 2019. Restoration work is expected to start in early 2020 and could take up to two years to complete.
This restoration work is funded through a grant received by Great River Greening through the MN Outdoor Heritage Fund. The current southern portion work is to complete the restoration of the site that was started in winter 2019/2020.
- Precision Land and Tree (PLT) is scheduled to mow an access road off of 109th Avenue NE and place mulch down in same location as last year. (late December 2020)
- PLT will finish tree removals of invasive, non-native, and dead trees per the approved plan once the ground is frozen and weather conditions allow. (January 2021 – March 2021)
- Work service crews will continue buckthorn and other invasive plant species removals in areas previously identified for invasive removals once ground is frozen and weather conditions and crew availability allows. (January 2021 – March 2021)
Map of Southern Portion
- Does the City of Blaine have documentation that specifically states this land was in fact a wetland at one point in time?
- What is the long term plan if this restoration attempt fails?
- Why allow all the development along 109th and Lexington if the goal is to restore/preserve wetlands?
- Are there plans for housing or commercial development?
- What is the process for moving from draft to finalized plan and homeowner’s participate in these conversations/decisions?