Natural Resources

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  1. For more information about the Natural Resources Renewal projects contact:

    Jim Taylor

    Parks Superintendent
    Phone: 651-792-7107
Roseville Parks and Recreation is in the midst of an aggressive eco-restoration project to remove invasive/nonnative plant species from City parks. This 376 total acre (155 core acres/221 non-core acres) natural resources renewal project is taking place over a four-year period from 2014-18 and will include prairie/savanna, woodland, wetland, and shoreline restoration and management.

In order to eradicate the abundant invasive/nonnative plant growth, such as buckthorn and Tatarian honeysuckle, significant woodland cutting is required. Native shrubs and hardwood, however, will be left undisturbed.

Once the removal of the invasive/nonnative growth is completed, native plant material will be reintroduced.

The long-term goal is to improve the overall wildlife habitat and native cover in City parks. This restoration work to remove invasive trees and shrubs and restore more native vegetation will result in changes to the visual character of each park, yielding a woodland understory and shrub layer that is more open and appropriate for our region.

Buckthorn and other nonnative species out-compete native plants for nutrients, light, and moisture, degrade wildlife habitat for birds and other native animals, threaten the future of forests, wetlands, prairies, and other natural habitats, and contribute to erosion by shading out other plants that grow on the forest floor.

To find out more about Buckthorn and the other nonnative/invasive plants, please visit the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invasive species information page.


During instances when invasive/nonnative plant growth clearing are in process, portions of parks will be CLOSED. We will strive to minimize the disruption to access of trails and pathways.

Residents are encouraged to monitor the City’s website for announcements regarding anticipated dates when ecological restoration work will be taking place.

Parks included in the Roseville Natural Resources Renewal project are:

Acorn ParkInformation Sheet  |  Map
  • Prairie Reconstruction (Disc Golf holes 16, 17, 18)
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Woodland/Forest Restoration
Applewood Overlook
  • Woodland/Pond Buffer Restoration
Central Park Lexington 
  • Woodland/Forest Restoration
  • Shoreline Restoration
  • Woodland Restoration
Harriet Alexander Nature Center
  • Woodland/Forest Restoration
Howard Johnson
  • Woodland/Pond Buffer Restoration
Langton Lake
  • Shoreline Restoration
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Woodland/Forest Restoration
Oasis Park
  • Shoreline Restoration
  • Stream Restoration
  • Woodland/Forest Restoration
Reservoir Woods Park
  • Prairie/Savanah Reconstruction
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Woodland/Forest Restoration
Villa ParkInformation Sheet
  • Wetland Restoration
  • Woodland/Forest Restoration
Willow Pond
  • Shoreline Restoration
  • Woodland/Forest Restoration

Volunteer Opportunities

July 20

  • Muriel Sahlin Arboretum
  • 2525 North Dale St.
  • Native plant bed maintenance

August 17

  • Materion Park
  • 225 Minnesota Ave.
  • Invasive weed pulling

September 21

  • Central Park Victoria Ballfields 
  • 2490 North Victoria St.
  • Native and wetland planting

Note:  All Natural Resources Renewal events take place from 10 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of the month (except for January, which occurs on MLK Day, and the May Blooming Boulevard Planting, which runs from 9 a.m. to noon).