Natural Resource Projects

As part of its ongoing commitment to water quality and natural resource management, the City of Golden Valley has established native vegetation buffers around dozens of ponds and wetlands in the City. The buffers serve to improve water quality and ecological diversity, and provide habitat and food sources for pollinators like bees and butterflies. Maintenance of the buffers includes dormant mowing, controlled burns, and routine site visits to remove unwanted vegetation and ensure the native plants are thriving.

Controlled Burns

For the controlled burn, crews will pile and burn buckthorn within the nature area after obtaining the proper permits and notifying the Fire Department and 911 dispatchers. Burns must also be conducted with proper wind conditions to minimize the amount of smoke that may blow across roadways or towards buildings. Before a burn, residents in the area will always be notifired ahead of time

 

Restoration Projects

Habitat restoration projects typically include removal of invasive plants that quickly become a dominant component of nature areas. For example, the influx of buckthorn often shades out the majority of the ground cover in the area, prevents forest regeneration, and contributs to increased erosion and decreased quality of wildlife habitats.

After removal of these invasive species, the City establishes native grasses, sedges, forbs, and shrubs to provide habitat for various waterfowl and pollinator species and improves water quality through vegetative buffers and enhanced ground cover.