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Wetland and Grassland Easement Restoration 2


This project focuses on restoring or enhancing wetlands and grasslands protected in perpetuity by conservation easements to increase migratory bird and resident wildlife populations. Wetlands will also improve water quality in their watersheds. Grasslands are important for controlling soil erosion and minimizing precipitation run-off. Methods include using heavy equipment to conduct earthwork for scraping sediment, filling drainage ditches, removing drain tiles and removing woody vegetation. Former crop fields are re-seeded to a native prairie seed and mowed to control annual weeds. The landowners may graze or hay these areas in future years to maintain the grass cover and some trees may be piled and burned.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status In Progress

Dates 02/27/2015 - 06/30/2018

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 $179,460

Expended $132,269

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 450 Acres

Measurement 327 Acres