Dakota County’s Spring Lake Park Reserve helps prevent extinction of bison by introducing the new residents of Minnesota. The Bison herd will arrive this fall and it would be a part of a statewide effort to maintain a self-sustaining bison herd in Minnesota.
The bison reintroduction project at Spring Lake Park Reserve, southeast of the Twin Cities, is being supported by a $560,000 state grant.
80% of the necessary fencing has been installed, and some habitat restoration will be done during winter months in preparation for the arrival of the herd of bison. Additional habitat restoration will occur before finishing the fence in the spring.