Copyright 1998, State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources, Section of Fisheries

SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES are different than conventional lawns. Sustainable landscapes require less maintenance and chemicals, and therefore, do not significantly degrade natural resources. These landscapes help to restore native plant communities, protect water quality by reducing polluted runoff, enhance biodiversity and aesthetics, and encourage natural regulation of pests by beneficial insects (parasitic wasps, butterflies, and bees).

Project Highlights:

Demonstration Sites: Native plants species will be planted in May 1998 at several sites along Gervais Lake to demonstrate the beauty and environmental benefits of sustainable landscapes.

Lecture Series: The lecture series will include such topics as sustainable landscape design, native plant identification, low-input lawn care, butterfly gardening, and integrated pest management. A sustainable management manual will be made available in the spring of 1998.

Research: The University of Minnesota will conduct research on the beneficial insects in demonstration sites.


For more information about this project, contact:

The Gervais Lake Shoreland Project is funded by the Metropolitan Council of the Twin Cities Area
through the 1997 Twin Cities Water Quality Initiative Grant Program

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