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The Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary:
reclaiming a brownfield site for nature and history

The historic, sacred Carver’s Cave & early Mississippi River settlement area (now known as the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary) was restored from brownfield conditions to include a 870 foot groundwater-fed stream, 3 wetlands, black & tamarack seepage swamps, and 4 acres of bedrock bluff prairie. The ecological restoration was integrated with park design concepts and 1.4 trail miles were also constructed for future paving.

This project required complex collaboration with park planning, historic preservation, and tribal resource protection efforts. Design services included: various public and project partner presentations, wetland permitting, coordinating with the contaminated area’s Response Action Plan, and construction oversight.

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