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CREP Easement Project


In cooperation with USDA-FSA, we will assist six landowners on 158 acres of CREP easements with maintenance of diverse native prairie seeding. These easements were established in 2001 to take marginal cropland out of production and reestablish native habitats. Despite our attempts to maintain these as sites as native prairie habitat, invasive trees and shrubs have established on the native prairie and wetlands. This project would control the trees and shrubs. The maintenance activities consist of spot spraying tree and shrub with Element 3/Platoon, followed by a controlled burn and a second herbicide application the following year. We will actively work to provide education on the management of prairies. Management of these easements will preserve the integrity of the native prairie seedings. This will in turn provide numerous benefits to game and nongame species, including nesting and brood rearing pheasants, prairie songbirds and waterfowl.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 01/27/2011 - 06/30/2014

Project Manager Daniel Arndt

Grant Recipient Steele SWCD

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $24,862

Expended $24,373

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

Management Unit(s) Private

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Steele


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 158 Acres

Measurement 146 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.