Minnesota Prairie Recovery Project, Phase 2

2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
$4,500,000
Source: 
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Recipient: 
The Nature Conservancy
Recipient Type: 
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Status: 
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2011
End Date: 
June 2016
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Big Stone, Chippewa, Clay, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Norman, Polk, Pope, Redwood, Roseau, Stearns, Swift, Wilkin
Project Details:
2012 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2011, First Special Session, Ch. 6, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 2(e)
Appropriation Language 

$4,500,000 the first year is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with The Nature Conservancy to acquire native prairie and savanna and restore and enhance grasslands and savanna. A list of proposed land acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. Acquisitions, restorations, and enhancements must be within the two existing and two additional pilot focus areas contained in the accomplishment plan. Annual income statements and balance sheets for income and expenses from land acquired with appropriations from the outdoor heritage fund must be submitted to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
$4,500,000
Other Funds Leveraged: 
$1,613,605
Direct expenses: 
$4,500,000
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
6.3
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Protect, Restore and Enhance 1,250 acres of Wetlands and 6,200 acres of prairies

Source of Additional Funds: 

ENRTF, NFWF, TNC personel, RIM, NAWCA

Project Overview

This project will: protect 1200 acres native prairie/savanna; restore 250 acres grassland; enhance 6000 acres grassland/savanna with fire, invasive species removal, and grazing; and continue a new prairie conservation model.

Project Details

Accomplishment Plan: http://www.lsohc.leg.mn/FY2012/accomp_plan/2e.pdf

Project Manager

Neal
Feeken
The Nature Conservancy
1101 W. River Parkway, Suite 200
Minneapolis
MN
55414
612-331-0700
Email: 
nfeeken@tnc.org