Flint Hills Resources, LLC
Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend
Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, United States
Certified Silver through 2022
Pine Bend Bluffs Forest Area
Pine Bend Bluffs Grassland Area
Pine Bend Bluffs Avian
About the Program
The Flint Hills Pine Bend site is operated by Flint Hills Resources, LLC as a natural habitat restoration near Rosemount, Minnesota in the southeast part of the state. The site contains 65.6 acres of scrub oak forest and a 52 acre grassland/savannah prairie area that are used for native bird habitat. The area is located along a stretch of the Mississippi River and previous development included grazing and an oil refinery. The goal of the project is to restore the site to native forest and grassland habitat and remove invasive species that are preventing growth of native trees and understory. Additionally, the project hopes to increase habitat for native birds, such as eastern bluebirds and eastern towhee, as well as pollinators.
Practices and Impacts
- The team utilizes mowing, woody invasive species removal, native plant seeding, and herbicide treatments to restore the native oak forest. The project has seen some successes in keeping invasive species populations low and hopes to focus on native tree growth.
- The grassland prairie area utilizes prescribed burns, mechanical removal of invasive species, herbicide treatment, and native plant seeding to restore native grass and forbs. The project has been successful in increasing native plant diversity and the team hopes to decrease invasive plant species encroachment further.
- The avian project seeks to increase the number and diversity of native birds utilizing the grassland and savannah prairie sites through increasing native grass species. The project has been successful in increasing birds utilizing the site and hopes to increase the diversity of native birds further.
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