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Transition (Buffer) Lands 


Transition lands are the natural or undeveloped lands that surround or expand upon the Core Lands or provide opportunities for connectivity. They may also include transitional lands in residential or industrial areas.

Management Goal

Transition Lands will be managed to achieve three primary goals: 1) to support the integrity of the Core Lands, 2 )to build upon Core Lands to improve natural landscape functionality, connectivity, and green infrastructure, and 3) to increase recreational opportunities and improve their quality and diversity. Transition Lands will be managed to best expand upon adjacent Core Lands and perpetuate the type and quality of the component habitats, while serving cultural and community needs.

Management will include:

  • Assessing lands for best habitat potential and connections.
  • Improving existing habitat to the greatest extent practicable through invasive species removal, supplemental planting, etc.
  • Preventing invasion of harmful species (plants, animals, other) through vigilance, rapid response, and education.
  • Controlling invasive species through mechanical, chemical and biological means.
  • Prescribed burning, where appropriate.
  • Containing, removing, or neutralizing remnant or new chemicals or other potentially harmful substances.
  • Adding topsoil or other amendments to improve soil condition for beneficial uses.
  • Planning and implementing habitat re-creations, including prairie, tree planting and gardens.
  • Improving recreational amenities.
  • Planning and management to address climate change issues (e.g. corridors and connectivity).

Compatible Recreation

Recreation in Transition Lands will be expanded from the Core Lands to include, where appropriate, higher-impact activities and those needing structure and limited land development, such as paved trails, sports fields and playgrounds. Activities may include hiking, biking, walking, skating, bird watching, wildlife watching, small group sports, fishing, hunting, etc.

Educational Opportunities

Transition Lands could also be used for scientific research, experiments, and as an outdoor classroom for local schools and educational programs. Interpretation for visitors is especially appropriate on these lands because they are readily accessible will reach more of the public. Signs could interpret natural, historical, and cultural themes. Restoration and gardening efforts could also include an educational focus.

Research Opportunities

Research in Transition Lands is encouraged and supported. In particular, research on restoration techniques would be especially relevant. A clearinghouse of all Millennium Reserve research needs will be maintained. A communication network with schools, universities and intern programs will be established to connect potential researchers with identified research needs.


  • Management effects on adjacent uses
  • Current management regimes, and management plans.
  • Other easements, commitments by owners, etc.
  • Hazardous materials and possible management limitations.
  • Neighbor Issues