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Wetland and Grassland Easement Restoration 1


Across the prairie pothole region of Minnesota, greater than 90% of wetlands have been drained and approximately only 1% of native prairie still remains on the landscape. One only needs to drive across the area or look at aerial photos to see how radically we have changed the ecology of this landscape. This has had two effects. First, wetland drainage and agricultural tillage has removed hundreds of thousands of acres of nesting and brood rearing habitat for waterfowl and other grassland game-birds and songbirds. Second, instead of holding water in the watershed in those wetlands, and reducing erosion of uplands, precipitation flushes directly into our lakes and river systems. This project focuses on restoring or enhancing wetlands and grasslands protected in perpetuity by conservation easements. This work uses the best conservation science to strategically restore and enhance wetlands and praire grasslands on the landscape to increase migratory bird and resident wildlife populations.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status In Progress

Dates 01/23/2014 - 06/30/2017

Project Manager Brad Nylin

Grant Recipient Minnesota Waterfowl Association

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $138,200

Expended $129,920

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 Otter Tail


Latest Indicator Number of acres restored

Target 190 Acres

Measurement 303 Acres