Protecting a natural legacy

Eden Prairie / Minnetonka, Minnesota
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An Urban-Bound Pocket of Old Minnesota

Twenty minutes southwest of Minneapolis, woodpecker tapping and loon calls echo as kids amble along a trail in Birch Island Woods. 36 acres of this sanctuary of trees and wetlands have been protected by the City of Eden Prairie. Birch Island Woods Conservation Area was formed after the City agreed to buy 32 acres of the woods from Hennepin County in December 2001 and was expanded with the purchase of an old, 4-acre farmstead in March 2007. What was called “the Orphan Woods” back in 1998 has been rescued from McMansions.

Grass roots dedication, hard work and partnering with the wider community, government agencies, land owners and voters has secured and can now nurture an urban-bound pocket of Old Minnesota.

Birch Island District: Living with nature and history

The Birch Island District embraces Eden Prairie’s most important and sustainable cluster of scenic, natural, historic, recreational and outdoors oriented human service resources. The area is accessible by bike trails and roads to residents of Minnetonka, Hopkins and Eden Prairie.

  • Lakes, wetlands, woods, wildlife and bird habitats, Glen Lake Golf Center
  • Picha Heritage Farm, archeological and national historic sites
  • Hike, bike, nature and ski trails linked to the MN River Bluffs Regional Trail
  • Eden Wood’s camp for special needs children and a conference center

True Friends 2015 Annual Plant Sale

Benefiting

True Friends - Camp Edenwood

Wednesday May 6- Sunday May 17, 2015

CLICK here for more information

Click here for the 2015 Plant Sale Flyer




People
                                  walk in the woods

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Conservation Projects -- Join or start your own project

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DOGS MUST BE LEASHED
IN BIRCH ISLAND WOODS & PARK
- City Ordinance -


Birch Island / Glen Lake Legacy

Heritage District

Eden Prairie History

Food from Local Farms

NEWS

CALENDAR

Plant Sale Volunteers Needed


WOODS OP ED

Belwin:
Reconnecting
to real nature

Nature-deficit
disorder in children

Open Space Activists

 

Mtka Blvd & Co Rd 101
17501 Minnetonka Blvd
Minnetonka, MN 55345
952-473-0292

Chanhassen
Great Plains Blvd & Hwy 5
435 Pond Promenade
Chanhassen, MN 55317
952-697-3366


“It’s easy to sit back and wait for someone else to take action The Friends of Birch Island Woods deserves our thanks and admiration because citizens didn’t wait. They got involved and made a big difference. The metro area is losing almost 60 acres of open space every day. People can wait for someone else to get involved, or they can follow the lead of the Friends of Birch Island Woods and take a stand to protect the quality of life in their communities. Once our treasured landscapes are lost, they’re gone forever.”

Rip Rapson, President McKnight Foundation on the awarding of its Champion of Open Space honor to the Friends of Birch Island Woods, at Eden Wood on October 22, 2003.



The future of Birch Island Woods


Land conservation,
resources, data, reports,
videos & groups



Industrial - Kings Forest - Birch Island District Issues


SITE GUIDE

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Friends of BIW & LINKS to allied organizations

Events

Special events & meetings

Updates on the Woods, Park & SW LRT Bike Trail
Protecting public green space
Photos & maps of Birch Island Woods Area
Links to the BIW Task Force, Officials & Newspapers
Letters, articles, editorials & documents
Photos of visitors to the Woods, Eden Wood, and the Farm, 1999-2002
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Questions may be sent to: fbiw.info@gmail.com
 

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