The SMSC Land and Natural Resources Department has made significant efforts to understand, restore, and protect the ecosystems that exist within our Community. Over the next several years, we will plant more than 20,000 native trees to restore an 85-acre maple-basswood forest that was converted to cropland in the early 1900s. Our forest, prairie, and wetland ecosystems are among the most effective tools for capturing carbon from the atmosphere. They are essential in canceling out fossil fuel emissions and bringing our climate back into balance.
Learn more about the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community’s environmental projects at shakopeedakota.org.