Spring Lake Regional Park is a rich mosaic of uplands and wetlands — 367 acres of native Maple-Basswood Forest, other forests and woodlands, shrublands, upland grasslands, and a variety of wetlands.
As ecological leader of a Master Planning team, AES completed a thorough Natural Resource Inventory of the park and adjacent lands, assessing ecological conditions and restoration potential.
AES identified several unique, ecologically sensitive areas and high quality natural resources that were recognized as defining features of the park. Our inventory and assessment were critical in developing the Master Plan that largely responded to these resources as well as to cultural goals.
The park’s high-quality maple-bass¬wood woodlands are arguably the most significant natural feature on the site, as well as several large wetlands including a tamarack swamp community that is rare in the area.
In collaborative Master Planning sessions, AES helped prioritized ecological restoration and management activities that complemented the recreational and cultural goals for the park.
AES also developed a vision that captured the target native plant communities and ecological functions of the park, following the implementation of improvements. Generalized restoration and management tasks were outlined and a proposed implementation schedule and budget were developed to assist with implementation.
- Natural Resource Inventory
- Ecological Assessment
- Restoration + Management Planning
- Park Master Planning
- Stormwater Management
Spring Lake Regional Park Master Plan
Prior Lake, Minnesota