Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service partnered to permanently protect, restore and enhance 1,630 acres of grassland and 294 acres of wetland as Waterfowl Production Areas in Western and Southern Minnesota. All lands acquired will be owned and managed in perpetuity by the USFWS as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System and open for public recreation.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Accelerated Prairie Grassland Restoration and Management Program had a successful first round of funding from the Legacy Funds. The program worked through the growing pains and obstacles in getting a new program up and operational and was successful in enhancing nearly 5,800 acres of prairie and grasslands in eight of the ecological subsections of Minnesota. A contractor base has been established for this type of work statewide that needs to be evaluated and expanded on for future appropriations.
The AgBMP Loan Program provides needed funding for local implementation of clean water practices at an extremely low cost, is unique in its structure and is not duplicated by any other source of funding.The AgBMP loan program provides 3% loans through local lenders to farmers, rural landowners, and agriculture supply businesses.
The Ames-Florida-Stork House, built in 1861, remains the oldest structure in the town of Rockford, MN and contains the belongings of two families who originally settled the area. As with all buildings, the house has suffered deterioration due to weather and time. Replacing the roof and repairing the soffit and facia ensures no further interior damage would occur.
A direct appropriation of $400,000 in FY 2010 for the Anoka Conservation District (ACD) is for the metropolitan landscape restoration program for water quality and improvement projects in the seven-county metro area (the law also provides $600,000 for this purpose in FY2011).
To continue shooting and complete a feature-length documentary about Al Milgrom--a photographer filmmaker and founder/director of the University Film Society and the Twin Cities International Film Festival.
To increase her production value and create jobs by hiring crew for pre-production production and post production and distribution of a collection of short videos profiling the lives of five people who are living with the land in various ways.
To study and prepare two new song cycles by Timothy C. Takach and Matthew Culloton and perform them around the state enhancing her study of music outside the liturgical realm and to promote the new works to other performers and educators.
Boat Punks is a film that documents the epic journey of a group of young do-it-yourself travelers who have created a life of freedom and adventure living on homemade houseboats while navigating the rivers of mid-America.