HENNEPIN — Hennepin Betterment Association welcomes the public in hosting Paul Botts of The Wetlands Initiative at its meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday, June 9 at the Walter Durley Boyle Park Shelter in Hennepin. Botts will discuss the many changes coming soon to the Dixon Waterfowl Refuge in rural Hennepin. Dinner will begin at 6 p.m., with the program scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
After completing the wet meadow restoration and carp removal efforts of the past three years, the focus is turned to restoration of Oak Ridge. The project called the Oak Ridge Trail and Restoration Project started in May and will take just over two years to complete.
This project will restore a 70-acre mosaic of savanna, marsh, prairie, and sedge meadows in the area often referred to “the island,” an area of higher ground located between the Hennepin and Hopper Lakes.
The project will also include a 2.25 mile hiking and biking trail which will meander through this Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance and will lead directly to this rare oak savanna habitat and more than double the existing trail system. Federal grant funding has been secured through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act small grants program. This grant will launch the restoration portion of the project and also require a private match to support the protection, restoration, or enhancement of wetlands and associated upland habitats for the benefit of wetlands associated migratory birds.
Those who would like to attend the dinner/meeting portion of the evening and learn what the Hennepin Betterment Association is about, please RSVP to Christina Mennie at 815-925-4090 or by emailing Christina at email@example.com. Otherwise please feel free to come for the program starting at 6:30 p.m. The cost for the meal is $10.