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Prairie Shrubland for Openland Birds


This project will manage aspen and other woody species at the Neal/Cupido/Syre WMA and Twin Valley Prairie SNA complex, hereafter Syre Complex, in Norman County. This is one of our largest grassland blocks in northwest Minnesota. As such, it is a key habitat block for grassland species such as prairie chickens, upland sandpipers, and numerous grassland songbirds. However, because the area is so wet, there are also significant amounts of brood habitat for American woodcock, a species traditionally thought of as an early successional woodland species. Much of this aspen habitat has become overmature, creating poor habitat for species such as woodcock and deer. The tall trees also discourage grassland nesting birds. The goal of this project is not to eliminate woody cover on the WMAs but return them to a younger successional stage. The shorter aspen trees will provide cover for woodcock, browse for deer and moose, and will create improved grassland habitat in adjacent areas.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 03/08/2011 - 06/30/2014

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 $100,000

Expended $100,000

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

Management Unit(s) State

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Norman


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 100 Acres

Measurement 266 Acres

Target Summary FY11 Grantees have until June 30, 2014 to complete their projects. Overall, CPL grantees are on track to meet their target # of acres and in some cases exceed those acres.