Natural Resources Master Plan

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The Minnetonka City Council approved a new Natural Resources Master Plan at its Dec. 20, 2021 meeting. The plan was developed over the course of several months with consultation from the Minnetonka Park Board and broader community engagement through surveys and feedback generated on the Minnetonka Matters platform.

The purpose of the plan is to set direction and priorities for Minnetonka's Natural Resources Division. To that end, the plan presents opportunities for ecosystem regeneration and capitalizes on the holistic benefits (ecological, societal, and economic) of improving and maintaining natural resources in the city. The plan addresses climate adaption and resilience, but not climate mitigation or reducing carbon footprint. It also addresses goals and strategies to protect and improve natural resources of public property, and ways to encourage such action on private property.


The Minnetonka City Council approved a new Natural Resources Master Plan at its Dec. 20, 2021 meeting. The plan was developed over the course of several months with consultation from the Minnetonka Park Board and broader community engagement through surveys and feedback generated on the Minnetonka Matters platform.

The purpose of the plan is to set direction and priorities for Minnetonka's Natural Resources Division. To that end, the plan presents opportunities for ecosystem regeneration and capitalizes on the holistic benefits (ecological, societal, and economic) of improving and maintaining natural resources in the city. The plan addresses climate adaption and resilience, but not climate mitigation or reducing carbon footprint. It also addresses goals and strategies to protect and improve natural resources of public property, and ways to encourage such action on private property.


  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The Natural Resources Master Plan (NRMP) is intended to be a high-level guiding document focused on three main goals: improving habitat, protecting Minnetonka's community forest, and engaging the public in those efforts. Chapter 1 of the plan includes an introduction along with draft goals and objectives. Please review the draft goals and objectives and provide your comments and feedback. We welcome your input!

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    Learn more about the natural history and current conditions of Minnetonka by reviewing the maps and information provided in Chapter 2, summarized below. A complete draft of Chapter 2, with more information and maps, can be found in the Draft Document Library on the main page. 

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    Minnetonka has addressed natural resources issues for decades through land preservation, natural area restoration, and protection ordinances and policies. The city has also created a Natural Resources Division with staff fully dedicated to natural resources management. However there are continued stressors that impact our resources now and in the future. Addressing these stressors helps mitigate impacts to habitat and the community forest. Below is a summary of issues and opportunities related to natural resources throughout the city. A complete draft of Chapter 3 can be found in the Draft Document Library on the main page.

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    Chapter 4 of the draft plan identifies management strategies for addressing natural resources issues and achieving plan goals. The chapter has been divided into individual sections for ease of reading. A complete draft document of each section can be found in the Draft Document LIbrary on the main page, along with supporting appendices. After reading through, please use the questions below to provide your comments and feedback. Your input will be taken into consideration as we work to finalize the plan. 

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Page last updated: 24 Jan 2022, 08:19 AM