HCP VI Supplemental - Prairie Management - 2k

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Environment & Natural Resources Trust Fund
Recipient Type
State Government
Start Date
July 2010
End Date
June 2012
Activity Type
Legal Citation / Subdivision
M.L. 2010, Chp. 362, Sec. 2, Subd. 04f2k
Appropriation Language

$1,344,000 is added to Laws 2009, chapter 143, section 2, subdivision 4, paragraph (e), from the trust fund for the acceleration of agency programs and cooperative agreements. Of this appropriation, $308,000 is to the commissioner of natural resources for agency programs and $1,036,000 is for agreements as follows: $425,000 with Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; $50,000 with National Wild Turkey Federation; $164,000 with the Nature Conservancy; $102,000 with Minnesota Land Trust; $200,000 with the Trust for Public Land; $45,000 with Friends of Detroit Lakes Wetland Management District; and $50,000 to the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe to plan, restore, and acquire fragmented landscape corridors that connect areas of quality habitat to sustain fish, wildlife, and plants. The United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service is an authorized cooperating partner in the appropriation. Expenditures are limited to the project corridor areas as defined in the work program. Land acquired with this appropriation must be sufficiently improved to meet at least minimum habitat and facility management standards as determined by the commissioner of natural resources. This appropriation may not be used for the purchase of residential structures, unless expressly approved in the work program. All conservation easements must be perpetual and have a natural resource management plan. Any land acquired in fee title by the commissioner of natural resources with money from this appropriation must be designated as an outdoor recreation unit under Minnesota Statutes, section 86A.07. The commissioner may similarly designate any lands acquired in less than fee title. A list of proposed restorations and fee title and easement acquisitions must be provided as part of the required work program. All funding for conservation easements must include a long-term stewardship plan and funding for monitoring and enforcing the agreement.

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

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Measurable Outcome(s)

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Project Overview

A total of 127 acres of invasive species were controlled during the project (69 acres of woody removal, 58 acres of herbaceous invasive species treatments). Invasive tree species controlled includes Buckthorn, Siberian elm, Red cedar and Boxelder. Herbaceous invasive species treated include Spotted Knapweed, Leafy Spurge, and Crown-vetch. Projects were implemented by both private contractors and DNR crews. A total of 197 acres were burned on 2 SNA's and 2 Native Prairie Banks during the reporting period. All burns were completed by DNR crews as it remains difficult to hire qualified prescribed fire contractors. A total of 15 acres were reconstructed on the Langhei SNA and Mickelson Native Prairie Bank. All seeds were collected on the projects sites, and every attempt was made to collect a diversity of seeds. Both reconstructions are adjacent to native prairie; one reconstruction was a former row-crop field, and the other a site previously disturbed by installation of underground utilities. Data collection occurred on 4 different management projects. The data was loaded into the SNA Program's Adaptive Management Spatial Database (AMSD) for analysis and permanent documentation. Projects monitored included invasive species treatments and prescribed burning. As additional SNA management actions are implemented, and the data sets grow larger, AMSD will prove to be a valuable tool for continuous improvement of management methods.

Accomplishment Reports and press releases will be made available at http://www.mnhabitatcorridors.org.

Project Details
Project Manager
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Last Name
Organization Name
Street Address
500 Lafayette Rd, Box 25
St. Paul
Zip Code
(651) 259-5130