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USFWS Fire Dependent Ecosystems


This project is focused on controlling both woody and vegetative invasive species in tracts that are located in the best prairie areas of our District. As well as restoring and enhancing prairie restorations throughout the prairie portion of our District. A number of the sites have native prairie that is being encroached by invasives, other sites are restored prairie. These sites have been evaluated based on multiple models and are located in areas of western MN that can provide the best habitat for ground nesting game birds like waterfowl, pheasants and prairie chickens. These sites are nearly all in Agassiz Beachridge Prairie Plan Core area, the Mahnomen Prairie Plan Core area, and the Hamden Slough Conservation focus area, so they have been identified to provide habitat for prairie specialists of all kinds, especially grassland nesting birds. Some of these sites have had previous tree and weed control completed on them, but the need to continue this enhancement work now could likely prevent these sites from diverting back to their previous state. We have also included a couple of high quality sites that have native and restored prairie that need tree work to make them more appealing for game birds and grassland obligates. The match for the grant work to be completed will be on fire dependant ecosystems throughout the District,primarily in the prairie portion of the state, but we may also include a tract or two at Tamarac, Glacial Ridge, Rydell and Hamden Slough National Wildlife Refuges as well as the 170 waterfowl production areas within the Detroit Lakes WMD.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status In Progress

Dates 01/13/2016 - 06/30/2019

Project Manager N/A

Grant Recipient USFWS - Detroit Lakes WMD

Grant Recipient Type Federal

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $50,000

Expended $43,200

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 500 Acres

Measurement 1385 Acres