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Enhanced Rx Fire 2015


Fire on state and federal lands has not been applied to the Minnesota landscape at a rate that mimics historic fire intervals, 1 to 4 years, allowing encroachment of trees and brush into prairies and grasslands, which lowers the productivity of grassland wildlife. The primary aim of this project is to bring in fire crew modules, their equipment and expertise, and integrate them with existing USFWS prescribed fire staff to increase the capacity to conduct Rx fires across the National Wildlife Refuges and Waterfowl Production Areas in the prairie region of the state. On days that the crews can’t burn due to weather, they will do tree removal and other habitat projects. If, at the end of the season, we have not spent all the money, we will request an amendment to hire local contractors for tree removal or other habitat projects on selected WPAs.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 02/05/2015 - 06/30/2018

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 $370,000

Expended $369,546

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

Management Unit(s) Federal

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Becker


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 21000 Acres

Measurement 22380 Acres