I attended the opening event of the pollinator habitat under the power lines next to Tennisioux Park in Burnsville this morning. Xcel Energy and Burnsville are partnering to develop this habitat. The plantings today were on an area where a new natural gas pipeline was installed leading to the Black Dog Generating Plant.
Xcel Energy’s northern service territory coincides with the “Monarch Migration Corridor” and it sees tremendous potential to create and restore pollinator habitat.
The City of Burnsville has already developed other habitat projects in the city.
In spite of the constant rain, the people gathered there displayed a lot of enthusiasm for the project and some planting took place. The event included speakers and other activities, too. The participants included scouts, students, neighbors, people from Xcel, and the University of Minnesota
Media was present so there might be television coverage later today.