Restoring Habitat in Anoka County
The landscape around us once hosted a mosaic of plant communities: oak savannas, tallgrass prairies, wetland maple-basswood forests, etc. The occurrence of a particular plant community depends on topography, geology, and disturbances, such as fire. Extensive land development and introduced invasive species have led to the destruction of a majority of these native plant communities and fragmentation of a few plant communities that remain. Efforts should focus on restoring areas that reconnect and protect the remaining native plan communities.