Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board NAI

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board sought a systematic approach to managing their 6,700 acres of parks, trails, and open space that includes about 2,800 acres of diverse, natural ecosystems.

AES teamed with SRF on this Phase 1 inventory project to:

  • Develop a plant community classification that reflects the Board’s varied holdings;
  • Develop an ecological quality ranking system to guide and prioritize natural area management;
  • Conduct preliminary inventory and assessments of representative natural areas with photo documentation; and
  • Deliver a GIS-based landscape inventory of the Board’s natural areas integrated with its existing database.

Using an iterative process, the team worked closely with Board staff to compile existing data and documents, conduct a desktop analysis, and perform field reconnaissance activities. The end products were a report and a GIS-based map of classified plant communities with ecological quality rankings that can be used to address specific management challenges such as invasive species, erosion, and other human disturbances.

The resulting report and the associated geo-database provide the Board with detailed baseline information from which to initiate Phase 2 of this project. The second phase of the Natural Areas Plan will include more detailed inventory and assessment of natural areas, natural resource management planning, task prioritization, and baseline ecological monitoring.


The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board – ranked the #1 Urban Park  System in the United States by The Trust for Public Land for the last five years.

  • Natural Area Inventory & Plan
  • Ecological Assessment
  • GIS desktop and field mapping technology
  • Reporting

Natural Resources Inventory and Planning
Minneapolis, Minnesota
6,700 acres
2017 – Ongoing

Erin StraubMinneapolis Park and Recreation Board NAI