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Open Landscapes for Grassland Birds


Trees are one of the largest threats to prairie nesting birds after habitat loss. Some birds simply avoid grasslands with the visual obstruction of trees on the horizon. Trees also provide perches and dens for numerous species of nest predators. Removing trees from native prairie will help not only our namesake bird, the greater prairie chicken, but should also help numerous other species of birds and wildlife. Because 99% of Minnesotas prairies have been lost, most of these species are classified as SGCN by the DNR and watch lists from NGOs and the USFWS. By removing the trees, this project will also help numerous species of plants by increasing the light availability on the ground.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 04/01/2010 - 06/30/2012

Project Manager Greg Hoch

Grant Recipient Mn Prairie Chicken Society

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $45,000

Expended $44,981

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) Federal

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Clay


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 200 Acres

Measurement 160 Acres

Target Summary FY10 Grantees have until June 30, 2012 to complete their projects. Overall, CPL grantees are on track to meet their target # of acres and in some cases exceed those acres.