Open Vistas for Grassland Birds - 2

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Mn Prairie Chicken Society
Start Date
November 2011
End Date
June 2014
Counties Affected
Project Overview
The Engebretson CREP Easement was acquired by BWSR in 2002 from Phil Allen and totals 49.2 acres. This project only includes about 47 acres of the easement on which we would like to restore a 10 acre wetland and improve the existing cover. At the time the easement was acquired, funds were not available to cover the construction of the significant wetland restoration structure needed to restore a drained wetland in the center of this tract. Mr. Allen could not pay for the restoration personally. When Mr. Engebretson acquired the property in 2008, he wanted to pursue the restoration to provide additional wildlife habitat. He also recognized that a diverse mix of upland cover would be more beneficial to ground nesting birds and waterfowl than the monotypic stand of smooth brome that it is currently becoming.
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
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