Habitat Management

Links on this page preceded by an asterisk (*) will direct you to pages outside of the City of Saint Paul website and are provided for your information and convenience only. The City of Saint Paul does not accept responsibility for the information found on them and reminds you that a link does not imply the endorsement of a particular site.

*Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary

The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary is a sacred site to the Dakota people and a beautiful urban oasis where visitors can enjoy nature and contemplate history. Once owned and used by the BNSF Railways as a rail yard, the sanctuary has been restored to a more natural state and features wetlands, prairies, and oak savanna.

*Lake Como

Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, along with project partners, began a shoreland restoration at Lake Como in 2002. The restoration efforts included both shoreland restoration as well as strategic implementation of rain gardens to effectively improve the overall water quality of Lake Como.

*Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom

The Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom is a 17¾ acre, restored woodland which provides ecological education and historical interpretation for school children and adults, habitats for native wildlife, and an urban woodland oasis.

Crosby Farm Regional Park

Crosby Farm Regional Park is the largest natural park within Saint Paul. The park consists of a large floodplain, valley side slopes, and bluffs alongside the Mississippi River near its confluence with the Minnesota River. The park’s forests, wetlands, and lakes are important refuges for a broad diversity of native wildlife species.

Indian Mounds Regional Park

Indian Mounds Regional Park is the site of multiple Indian burial mounds perched on the bluffs overlooking downtown Saint Paul. The Natural Resource Inventory and Management Plan of Indian Mounds Park was developed in 2007. Integrated Pest Management Integrated Pest Management, or IPM, is the process of using multiple effective methods to control unwanted wildlife (e.g., buckthorn, Canadian Geese, Emerald Ash Border). The goal of IPM is to mitigate pest damage while protecting human health, the environment, and the viability of the economy.

*Lake Phalen

Lake Phalen, 220 acres in size, is one of the most visited lakes in Saint Paul. Starting in 1899, the lake was subjected to dredging and high erosion. In 2001, the Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, the City of Saint Paul, and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources - Fisheries, along with several other partners, initiated a five-year ecological shoreland restoration project.

*Prescribed Burning

Prescribed burning is a safe, efficient, and cost-effective management tool that can be used in many of Saint Paul’s natural areas. Before the intervention of humans, wildfires occurred at regular intervals. The Parks and Recreation-prescribed burning program restores fire to grassland and forest ecosystems, helping to recycle nutrients and control invasive species.

Rain gardens

Rain gardens protect water resources, including local lakes and rivers.