Ponds I Subdivision
The home owner’s association in this conservation subdivision is actively participating in natural areas land management in order to make the Stewardship Plan a living reality. Phase One in the first project area was thoroughly prepared and then seeded with native forbs (flowering plants) and grasses in November of 2010. Phase Two will begin in 2011. The remaining conservation easement areas will be addressed in the future and are being managed through targeted mowing to keep invasive species under control.
Its sister subdivision, Ponds II, is managing small tree and shrub lines with removal of Buckthorn and Honeysuckle in order to support the existing community of native woody species.
Wooded Valley North and South Subdivisions
Located in part along a busy Highway 31, this conservation subdivision has the potential to provide high quality open space in an ever urbanizing area. The conservation easement areas in this subdivison hold great promise certain to unfold once land stewardship is begun.
This subdivision features a small Pine plantation. The invasive species contained therein are being removed and replaced with appropriate native species. In the midst of an urban area, Woodview affords residents a retreat and the surrounding community a small but important piece of habitat.
Blue River Preserve
With a trail along the wooded hillside and the Root River below, Blue River Preserve contains open space worthy of preservation. Residents are very involved and committed to improving the easement areas through invasive species management and native plant reintroduction especially along the hillside.
Stonecrest Shores Subdivision
With a cadre of committed residents, this conservation subdivision is undertaking significant steps toward enacting the Stewardship Plan. Invasive species removal, native tree planting and seeding a native prairie planting have all taken place in 2010. Wetlands, woodlands, multiple storm water detention ponds as well as actively farmed acreage all combine to make this a working model of the ways in which land preservation can meet many needs.