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MN Prairie Chicken Society - Openlands for Prairie Wildlife


The goal of this grant is fourfold. First, we will use grant dollars to burn several WMAs. The benefits of burning for the plant community and wildlife habitat are well documented. Second, we wish to seed sites with diverse native seed mixes. Diverse seed mixes create complex plant communities with different nest microhabitats. They also attract numerous insects which act as a food base for grassland birds as well as pollinators providing ecosystem services for surrounding agricultural lands. Weed control is often needed in the first years after a restoration before the perennial natives dominate the site. Weed control is often required by state or local laws, and sometimes creates good will with the neighbors. Last, today the largest threat to grassland birds is encroachment by woody vegetation. Some grassland birds avoid habitats with woody plants present. The trees provide perches for hawks, owls, and crows which prey on nesting hens. They also provide den sites for mammalian nest predators such as skunks, raccoons, and foxes. Eliminating these habitats on grassland acres increases nest success. The work for each project will be done by contractors.

Program Heritage Enhancement Grants to Local Outdoors Clubs

Status Completed

Dates 06/28/2010 - 06/30/2012

Project Manager Greg Hoch

Grant Recipient Mn Prairie Chicken Society

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Game and Fish Fund

Grant Amount $50,000

Expended $49,934

Statutory Reference M.L. 2009, Ch. 37, Art. 1 Sec. 4.

Management Unit(s) Wildlife Management Area

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County


Latest Indicator Acres of habitat enhanced or restored (Heritage Enhancement Grants)

Target 1316 Acres

Measurement 352 Acres

Target Summary 1316 acres spread over 15 sites.

Measurement Summary 352 acres on 15 sites. SPraying as site prep for planting was added, reducing overall acres.

Assessment Removal of scattered woody vegetation went well but was hampered by weather, as were burns. Funds were used for site prep and additional seed instead. Area Wildlife staff is happy with wrok completed.