Fish Creek Forever
On December 11, 2013, Maplewood acquired the 70-acre Fish Creek property!
For over 20 years, the dream of preserving land south of Carver Road has been gathering momentum. Maplewood thanks the many partners and residents that have worked to make this dream come true.
Protecting this land will increase the buffer for Fish Creek, preserve wildlife habitat, provide public access to the bluff top, enhance access to existing county open space, and provide a segment of land needed for the Fish Creek Hiking Trail.
Adequate funding was raised to permanently protect 62 acres of the 70-acre site. If an additional $325,000-$340,000 is secured, the eight acres along Carver Avenue will be protected as well.
The Conservation Fund purchased the site in 2011 and agreed to hold it for two years to give the City and its primary partners, Ramsey County and Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District, time to raise the $2.2 million needed. Generous donations from the Maplewood-based 3M Foundation, Friends of the Mississippi River and individual donors were provided. A Natural and Scenic Area grant from Department of Natural Resources as well as a grant from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund also made this conservation achievement possible.