MN’s Own Sacred Valley—New 27-Acre Park with Coldwater Spring

The renovation site is between Fort Snelling and Minnehaha Park and includes Mississippi shoreline, formerly owned by the Bureau of Mines and managed by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The National Park Service received the land in January 2010.

Project Cost: $2.2 million
Deadline: Fall 2012

Restoration includes:
• removing many trees other than oaks
• planting prairie grasses and plants
• converting crumbling asphalt roads to trails
• regrading areas prone to erosion

Of special note: The Dakota have long considered the spring and surrounding area of spiritual importance, because it’s near the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. FULL STORY HERE.