FANP: Friends of the Anoka Nature Preserve is an association of citizens working to support the preservation, protection, and quality of one of the last and finest oak savannas in Anoka County, Minnesota.
The Anoka Nature Preserve is 200+ acres protected by the city of Anoka, and consists of forested oak savanna, meadow and grassland suitable for prairie restoration, wetland backwaters, and almost a mile of Rum River shoreline (a federally-designated ‘Wild and Scenic River‘). The RRNA comprises the northwest boundary of the City of Anoka, bordered by the Rum River on the west, County 7 (7th Avenue) on the east, and County 116 (Bunker Lake Blvd) on the south. Approximately 30 acres immediately west of the County Library, and about 70 acres east of the Library (along 7th Avenue) are currently under review by the City Planning commission and City Council for appropriate development at some time.
The “conservation easement” was officially signed on October 20, 2007 by the City Council, and assigns the oversight responsibilities for the Preserve to the Anoka Soil/Water Conservation District. Cooperative management between the City Parks department and the ASWCD will protect and improve the 200+ acres for now and for future generations.
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