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Chippewa Prairie Conservation Grazing


The Chippewa Prairie is jointly owned and managed by the MN DNR and TNC. Both agencies have been purchasing land in the project area for nearly 30 years, cooperatively maintaining the prairie landscape via traditional methods, primarily prescribed fire. For over a decade, managers from both agencies have been researching, assessing need, and formulating a vision for re-introduction of grazing management. A grazing plan has been developed that implements a cooperative conservation grazing system that focuses on the need to mimic natural processes via the re-introduction of large ungulates. It was determined that a large, open, cooperative patch-burn grazing system was most appropriate to meet the management objectives of the property. Implementation of the plan started in 2009 when six miles of perimeter fence was installed on the TNC portion of the project site. We are seeking funding to finish the remaining 4.5 miles of DNR fence to bring the project to completion.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 12/21/2010 - 06/30/2014

Project Manager Pete Bauman

Grant Recipient The Nature Conservancy

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $32,000

Expended $32,000

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 Swift


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 2866 Acres

Measurement 2866 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.