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Continued: June 15: St. Paul: How exactly will the Dunn Yard expansion affect environment?

  • Article by: JIM ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 18, 2014 - 9:27 PM

In response, Canadian Pacific points out that some of the city’s plan included building trails on the railroad’s property. It acknowledges that the park plan isn’t compatible with the yard expansion, but says it would be willing to help find alternative access points to the park.

The park provides habitat for Blanding’s turtles, a threatened species in the state, about a half-mile from the project area. It’s also home to the Pig’s Eye Island Heron Rookery Scientific and Natural Area, one of the largest urban heron and egret refuges in the Upper Midwest and site of several eagle’s nests.

According to the railroad, the project will not directly affect the hatchery. It agreed to a DNR request to avoid loud construction during nesting periods.

 

Jim Anderson • 651-925-5039 Twitter: @StribJAnderson

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  • Canadian Pacific Railroad wants to expand its rail yard southeast of St. Paul to accommodate 2-mile-long trains by filling in about 7 acres of wetlands. The plan has drawn fire from environmental groups, because the area is home to endangered Blandings turtles and is across from the Pig's Eye Island Heron Rookery Scientific Area. Neighbors also oppose it. But the railroad is shifting more operations from Chicago and Canada to St. Paul.

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