Accelerated Prairie Grassland Wildlife Management Area Acquisition

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Department of Natural Resources
Recipient Type
State Government
Start Date
July 2009
End Date
June 2012
Activity Type
Land Acquisition
Counties Affected
Yellow Medicine
Legal Citation / Subdivision
ML 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subdivision 2(d)
Appropriation Language

$3,913,000 in fiscal year 2010 is to the commissioner of natural resources to acquire land for wildlife management areas with native prairie or grassland habitats. A list of proposed fee title acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Measurable Outcome(s)

Protect in fee 145 acres of wetlands and protect 665 acres of prairies.

Source of Additional Funds

multiple cash leverage sources

Project Overview

This program protected 810 acres of new wildlife habitat in the Prairie, Deciduous Transition, and Southeast Bluffland ecological sections of Minnesota through fee title acquisition. Title of lands acquired are held by the State and are designated as WMAs.

About the Issue

Minnesota has lost 99% of the original prairie landscape resulting in drastic declines in grassland dependent wildlife. Examples of species in greatest conservation need in the prairie include American Badger, Grasshopper Sparrow, Northern Pintail, Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark. Prairie grasslands support populations of upland game birds such as pheasants, prairie chickens and sharp-tailed grouse and a variety of dabbling ducks when associated with prairie wetland complexes. These game populations drive local and statewide hunting recreation and economy. The DNR acquired lands in the prairie, transition moraine, and bluffland ecological sections and has or will restore the grassland complexes by planting native prairie. DNR prioritized acquisitions at sites where there is an existing habitat base in prairie grassland complexes to address habitat fragmentation and to maximize habitat benefits. Collaborative partnerships were promoted in order to acquire key lands. DNR received resolution from the County Board of Commissioners approving all WMA acquisitions .

Project Details
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Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul
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