Minnesota Prairie Recovery Project – Phase 3

2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
The Nature Conservancy
Recipient Type: 
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2012
End Date: 
June 2016
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition, Restoration/Enhancement
Counties Affected: 
Big Stone, Chippewa, Clay, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Kittson, Lac qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Norman, Pipestone, Polk, Red Lake, Rock, Roseau, Stearns, Swift, Wilkin, Yellow Medicine
Project Details:
2013 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2012, Ch. 264, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 2(b)
Appropriation Language 

$4,610,000 in the second 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. Annual income statements and balance sheets for income and expenses from land acquired with this appropriation must be submitted to the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council no later than 180 days following the close of The Nature Conservancy's fiscal year.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
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Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Restore 250 acres, Protect in Fee 1200 acres, and Enhance 6000 acres of prairies and wetlands.

Source of Additional Funds: 

The Nature Conservancy, RIM, and NAWCA

Project Overview

This project will: protect 1,200 acres native prairie/wetland/savanna; restore 250 acres prairie/wetland; enhance 6,000 acres grassland/savanna with fire, invasive species removal, and grazing; and continue a new prairie conservation model.

Project Details

Project Manager

The Nature Conservancy
1101 W. River Parkway, Suite 200
(612) 331-0738