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Continued: A savage fight over the Savage Fen

  • Article by: DAVID PETERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 16, 2007 - 11:22 PM

Neighbors filed suit last month to stop the project. City officials said they couldn't stall the project just because of the lawsuit. The developer has a right to a city decision on his proposal within a set period of time.

"The neighbors have long had the benefit of a wooded area they've used and enjoyed, though it isn't theirs," Tucker said. "I'm sure that, putting myself in their shoes, any development on this property is not desirable to them."

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    Size: 440 acres

    Location: Northern half of Savage, south of the highway that runs along the Minnesota River

    Significance: Contains one of the state's largest known calcareous fens (62 of the 440 acres). Calcium and other elements create a thick base of peat that supports unique plant life. Scientists have found more than 200 plant species in the fen, including orchids and gentians.

    For more about the state Scientific and Natural Area within the fen complex, go to

    Source: City of Savage

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