Cardinal Creek Trail restoration project

A group of people with rakes stand in a forest
Volunteers raked and seeded an area once full of buckthorn. Photo by Barb P.

District staff and volunteers from around the metro converged for a final time this fall on the Cardinal Creek Conservation Area trail in Eden Prairie. Volunteers, MN Water Stewards, and Citizen Advisory Committee members have spent the past four years removing buckthorn, an invasive shrub, from the sides of the trail. In partnership with the District and the City of Eden Prairie, the area is finally cleared of the tall mature plants, and ready for something new.

At the end of September, volunteers raked the ground to prepare the soil for seeds. Seeds from variety of grass species were mixed together and sown on the site, then covered up again with leaves.

Image of a person spreading seeds
Staff sows grass seeds on a site cleared of buckthorn. Photo by Barb P.

We are excited to see how the site continues to develop! Though there is still more work to be done managing new buckthorn that pops up, everybody was encouraged to have passed this milestone in the restoration.


Need seeds?

Fall is a great time to plant seeds from native flowers, as the cooler temperatures and more frequent rain make favorable growing conditions. Check out our Little Seed Library for seeds from a variety of MN native flowers.