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Increased Prescribed Fire Capacity- WPAs


Due to a host of reasons, the natural resources and wildlife management community has not been able to apply fire to the Minnesota landscape at a rate that mimics historic fire return intervals. This has created several problems, most noticeably the encroachment of trees and brush into prairies and grasslands. This grant will dramatically increase the capacity of the USFWS to conduct prescribed fires on public hunting lands in western Minnesota. Additionally, we will overseed low diversity sites with local ecotype seed after the burn. Together, this will increase the quality of prairie grassland habitat in Minnesota, increasing populations of game and non-game species, and provide additional outdoor recreational opportunities for Minnesotans.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 03/21/2012 - 06/30/2015

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 $397,873

Expended $393,540

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

Management Unit(s) Aquatic Management Area

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Clay


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 35000 Acres

Measurement 31849 Acres