Cattail Management for Wetland Wildlife and Bioenergy Potential

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$74,000
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient
U of MN
Recipient Type
Public College/University
Status
Completed
Start Date
July 2014
End Date
June 2016
Counties Affected
Marshall
Pennington
Polk
Red Lake
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2014, Chp. 226, Sec. 2, Subd. 06j
Appropriation Language

$74,000 the second year is from the trust fund to the Board of Regents of the University of Minnesota for the Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston to evaluate different management techniques for cattail control and related wildlife impacts in northwest Minnesota and to assess the use of cattails as a biofuel feedstock.

2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$74,000
Other Funds Leveraged
$0
Direct expenses
$74,000
Number of full time equivalents funded
1.8
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

On many public lands in northwest Minnesota, cattail growth has far exceeded the distribution recommended for optimum wetland wildlife habitat and a need for cattail control has become recognized. Cattails have also recently been demonstrated to have bioenergy potential. Researchers at the University of Minnesota in Crookston are using this appropriation to evaluate cattail management and harvesting techniques in various northwest Minnesota habitats as a means of reducing an increasing overabundance of exotic cattails in wetlands, which are degrading wildlife habitat, while providing a value-added feedstock for sustainable bioenergy in the region.

Project Manager
First Name
Daniel
Last Name
Svedarsky
Organization Name
U of MN
Street Address
Northwest Experiment Station
City
Crookston
State
MN
Zip Code
56716
Phone
(218) 281-8129
Email
dsvedars@mail.crk.umn.edu