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Howard Family Farm WPA Grassland Enhancement


Our objective is to remove trees on Howard Family Farm Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) to revitalize and reclaim a contiguous piece of prairie and return it to a feasible maintenance regimen. The proposed project is a Phase II of a CPL Grant, Blue Earth County WPA Restoration and Enhancement Project, which treated 80 acres adjacent to the proposed treatment area. Trees in grasslands change the dynamics of the ecosystem. They shade out native grasses and forbs, provide shelter and corridors for predators, and decrease production of grassland nesting birds. Research shows that larger tracts of grasslands yield higher rates of nest success. If treated, this site will provide higher quality habitat for resident species (pheasant) and for migratory grassland nesting waterfowl and songbirds, and ultimately, a quality experience for hunters.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 06/08/2012 - 06/30/2015

Project Manager Howard Ward

Grant Recipient Mn Pheasants Inc.

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $25,000

Expended $25,000

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

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Blue Earth


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 230 Acres

Measurement 230 Acres