Minneapolis Natural Areas Plan - Phase II

Minneapolis Natural Areas Plan - Phase II

The MPRB Natural Areas Plan summarizes the park system’s natural resources at a high level, lays out methods and strategies to manage natural areas, and describes a strategic approach that embraces holistic, system-wide planning and administration to secure and deploy funds, staff, and equipment.

In a nutshell, this resource offers:

  • Principles & concepts for planning conservation and long-term management of park natural areas 
  • Methods for inventory and assessment of natural areas 
  • Management recommendations and management briefs for natural areas 
  • Costs to improve ecological conditions in park natural areas 

How to use this resource:

  • As an example of carrying out a holistic assessment of ecological conditions, funding, and staffing of an urban natural areas management program.
  • As a format for conducting assessments and creating management briefs to guide short-term implementation actions.
  • As an example of a long-term plan for urban natural areas.

Date published: June, 2021

Point of contact: James Shaffer, Natural Resources Supervisor, Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, JShaffer@minneapolisparks.org. 


Resource Environmental Solutions and SRF Consulting Group. 2021. Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Natural Areas Plan – Phase II; Assessment and Management Recommendations. Report for the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Minneapolis, MN. 

Resource is available online here.


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