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Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,740,000
Fund Source

This proposal accelerates the protection of 1,030 acres of strategic prairie grassland, wetland, and other wildlife habitats as State Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) open to public hunting. Pheasants Forever (PF) will be acquiring tracts that build onto or create a corridor between existing protected lands which will be transferred to the MN Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) to be included as a WMA. All acquisitions will occur within the prairie, prairie/forest transition, and metro planning regions. These areas have seen the greatest decline in upland and wetland habitat.

Brown
Carver
Chippewa
Cottonwood
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Grant
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lac qui Parle
Lyon
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Mower
Murray
Nobles
Redwood
Rock
Sibley
Stearns
Swift
Watonwan
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Department of Natural Resources
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,833,000
Fund Source

With these funds we were able to restore, protect, and enhance 24,611 acres of native and restored grassland in Minnesota. Much of this work was done through the DNR Roving Crews, a new program funded with these dollars that has significantly increased the state's habitat management capabilities. In addition to these enhancement activities we were able to enroll acres in the DNR's Native Prairie Bank Easement Program as well as acquire acres for the SNA program.

Becker
Beltrami
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Chippewa
Clay
Cottonwood
Dakota
Dodge
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Goodhue
Hennepin
Houston
Jackson
Kanabec
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Marshall
McLeod
Mille Lacs
Morrison
Mower
Murray
Nobles
Norman
Olmsted
Otter Tail
Pennington
Polk
Red Lake
Redwood
Renville
Rock
Sherburne
Stearns
Swift
Todd
Traverse
Wabasha
Wadena
Washington
Wilkin
Winona
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Department of Natural Resources
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,913,000
Fund Source

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.

Dakota
Martin
Nicollet
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Ducks Unlimited
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,528,000
Fund Source

Ducks Unlimited enhanced 6,882 wetland acres through the bio-engineering and installation of water control structures on managed shallow lake outlets for Minnesota DNR, and protected 76 wetland and 103 upland acres on a shallow lake through a purchased conservation easement.

Douglas
Faribault
Grant
Lac qui Parle
Murray
Polk
Stearns
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Pheasants Forever with USFWS
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,280,000
Fund Source

This proposal accelerates the permanent protection of 887 acres of wetlands (353 acres) and grasslands (534 acres) as Waterfowl Production Areas open to public hunting in Minnesota.

Big Stone
Blue Earth
Carver
Clay
Cottonwood
Faribault
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
McLeod
Pope
Sibley
Stearns
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,300,000
Fund Source

The program accelerated the protection of 550 acres of prairie grassland, wetland, and other wildlife habitat as State Wildlife Management Areas open to public hunting.

Cottonwood
Kandiyohi
Le Sueur
McLeod
Renville
Stearns
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$10,350,000
Fund Source

This proposal accelerates the protection of 1,362 acres of prairie grassland, wetland, and other wildlife habitat as State Wildlife Management Areas open to public hunting.

Anoka
Becker
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Carver
Clay
Cottonwood
Douglas
Faribault
Fillmore
Grant
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Martin
McLeod
Murray
Norman
Otter Tail
Pennington
Polk
Pope
Redwood
Sibley
Stearns
Stevens
Swift
Traverse
Waseca
Wilkin
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,620,000
Fund Source

This proposal accelerates the permanent protection of 900 acres of wetlands (225 acres) and grasslands (675 acres) as Waterfowl Production Areas open to public hunting in Minnesota.

Becker
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Carver
Cottonwood
Douglas
Faribault
Grant
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Martin
McLeod
Murray
Nobles
Otter Tail
Pope
Sibley
Stearns
Stevens
Swift
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,650,000
Fund Source

This proposal accelerates the permanent protection of 760 acres of wetlands (175 acres) and grasslands (585 acres) as Waterfowl Production Areas open to public hunting in Minnesota.

Becker
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Carver
Cottonwood
Douglas
Faribault
Grant
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Murray
Nobles
Otter Tail
Pope
Sibley
Stevens
Swift
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,603,000
Fund Source

This proposal accelerates the protection of 1,012 acres of strategic prairie grassland, wetland, and other wildlife habitats as State Wildlife Management Areas open to public hunting.

Brown
Chippewa
Cottonwood
Douglas
Fillmore
Goodhue
Grant
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lac qui Parle
Lyon
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Murray
Nobles
Redwood
Sibley
Stearns
Swift
Watonwan
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Pheasants Forever
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$7,452,000
Fund Source

This proposal accelerates the protection of 900 acres of prairie grassland, wetland, and other wildlife habitat as State Wildlife Management Areas open to public hunting.

Blue Earth
Carver
Cottonwood
Douglas
Fillmore
Grant
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lyon
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Murray
Nobles
Pennington
Pipestone
Pope
Redwood
Rock
Sibley
Stearns
Swift
Todd
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
DNR
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,786,000
Fund Source

Acquire 470 acres of high priority habitat for designation as Wildlife Management Area (Prairie Planning Section) or Scientific and Natural Area (Prairie, and Northern Forest Planning Sections) emphasizing Prairie Conservation Plan implementation and coordination with partners. All lands will be open for public hunting and fishing (a limited number of SNA’s are proposed for limited hunting for instance archery only or hunting but no trapping). Accomplishments are based on $5,000 per acre average and should be considered a minimum estimate.

Becker
Brown
Cook
Cottonwood
Hubbard
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Murray
Norman
Renville
Rice
Stearns
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
DNR
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$8,145,000
Fund Source

Our program will coordinate with partners emphasizing Prairie Conservation Plan implementation through fee title acquisition of priority lands for Wildlife Management Areas and Scientific & Natural Areas for public hunting, trapping and compatible uses consistent with the Outdoor Recreation Act.

Anoka
Chippewa
Clay
Dakota
Kandiyohi
Lincoln
Lyon
Meeker
Murray
Nicollet
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Redwood
Rice
Scott
Steele
Swift
Traverse
Washington
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
DNR
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,940,000
Fund Source

Our program will coordinate with partners, with emphasis on Prairie Conservation Plan implementation, and acquire priority lands for Wildlife Management Areas, Scientific and Natural Areas, and Native Prairie Bank easesments for public hunting, trapping and compatible outdoor uses consistent with the Outdoor Recreation Act.

Aitkin
Anoka
Becker
Blue Earth
Chippewa
Chisago
Clay
Dakota
Douglas
Fillmore
Houston
Hubbard
Lac qui Parle
Le Sueur
Martin
Mower
Murray
Norman
Olmsted
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Traverse
Wadena
Winona
Wright
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
DNR
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$4,437,000
Fund Source

Acquire 960 acres of high priority habitat for designation as Wildlife Management Area (Prairie Planning Section) or Scientific and Natural Area (Prairie and SE Forest Planning Sections) emphasizing Prairie Conservation Plan implementation and coordination with partners. All lands will be open for public hunting and fishing (where applicable). WMA accomplishment is based on $5,000 per acre and should be considered a minimum estimate.

Becker
Brown
Dodge
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Murray
Norman
Redwood
Renville
Swift
Watonwan
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
DNR
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,250,000
Fund Source

Acquire 600 acres of high priority habitats for designation as Wildlife Management Area or Scientific and Natural Area emphasizing Prairie Conservation Plan implementation and coordinating with partners. All lands will be open for public hunting, fishing and trapping.

Chippewa
Cottonwood
Douglas
Lac qui Parle
Murray
Norman
Redwood
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy; Mn Land Trust
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,468,000
Fund Source

The Conservation Fund and Minnesota Land Trust will protect 380 acres of high-priority grassland, prairie, and wetland wildlife habitat with working lands conservation easements in western, central, and southeastern Minnesota. Grasslands represent one of Minnesota’s most threatened habitat types. Privately-held and well-managed grasslands in strategic habitat complexes have provided lasting benefits for Minnesota’s wildlife. This project will permanently prevent the conversion of grasslands to row crops.

Morrison
Wadena
Winona
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Redwood Area Development Corporation
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,730,000
Fund Source

This program helped to create a legacy of habitat connectivity, public access, and economic vitality based on increased outdoor recreational opportunities in the mid-Minnesota River Watershed.  

Brown
Cottonwood
Murray
Redwood
Renville
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Redwood Area Communities Foundation
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,000,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Brown
Chippewa
Nicollet
Redwood
Renville
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,901,000
Fund Source

This project will advance the prairie protection, restoration and enhancement goals established in the 2011 MN Prairie Conservation Plan. It builds upon the successful model established in Phases 1 - 6 and seeks to protect 200 acres in fee without PILT obligations to be held by The Nature Conservancy, protect an additional 100 acres with PILT for inclusion in the State's Wildlife Management or Scientific Natural Area systems, enhance 7,500 acres of permanently protected grasslands, and restore 100 acres of prairie habitat.

Becker
Big Stone
Chippewa
Clay
Cottonwood
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Murray
Nobles
Norman
Pennington
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Red Lake
Rock
Roseau
Stearns
Swift
Traverse
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy; USFWS
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,893,000
Fund Source

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) will cooperate to permanently protect native prairie and associated complexes of wetlands and native habitats in western and central Minnesota by purchasing approximately 540 acres of fee title properties and/or permanent habitat easements. Approximately 270 acres will be native prairie. Work will be focused in areas identified as having significant biodiversity by the Minnesota Biological Survey and located in priority areas in the Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan (Prairie Plan).

Big Stone
Brown
Chippewa
Clay
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Murray
Norman
Pipestone
Pope
Renville
Rock
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy with USFWS
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,580,000
Fund Source

This appropriation allowed the permanent protection of 769 acres in western Minnesota.  These properties included 287 acres of remnant native prairie, 112 acres of associated wetland complexes, and 19,500' of stream front.  For this phase, we committed to protecting 500 acres with a minimum of 250 being native prairie.  Both targets were exceeded – 153% of total acres and 115% of native prairie acres.  The lands and easements purchased with this funding by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) have been transferred to the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and are now units of the Northern Tallgrass

Kandiyohi
Lincoln
Pope
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy with USFWS
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,450,000
Fund Source

This appropriation allowed the permanent protection of 887 acres in western Minnesota. These properties included 664 acres of remnant native prairie, 76 acres of associated wetlands complexes, and 8,500' of streamfront. For this phase we originally planned to protect 740 acres with a minimum of 375 native prairie. Both targets were exceeded - 120% of total acres and 177% of native prairie acres.

Becker
Beltrami
Big Stone
Blue Earth
Brown
Chippewa
Clay
Clearwater
Cottonwood
Douglas
Faribault
Freeborn
Grant
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Le Sueur
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Marshall
Martin
McLeod
Meeker
Murray
Nicollet
Nobles
Norman
Otter Tail
Pennington
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Red Lake
Redwood
Renville
Rock
Roseau
Sibley
Stearns
Steele
Stevens
Swift
Traverse
Waseca
Watonwan
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
US Fish and Wildlife Service
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,583,000
Fund Source

Our program will protect, in perpetuity, native prairie tracts in western Minnesota. Fee title tracts will be the top priority for the funding. Funding will be used for the purchase of habitat easements if the funding cannot be used entirely on fee title tracts. The funding will purchase approximately 525 acres of native prairie in fee title, 1,583 acres of habitat easements, or a combination of the two.

Big Stone
Kandiyohi
Lincoln
Mahnomen
Norman
Polk
Rock
Swift
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,683,000
Fund Source

The Nature Conservancy and US Fish and Wildlife Service will cooperate to permanently protect native prairie and associated complexes of wetlands and native habitats in western Minnesota by purchasing approximately 770 acres of fee title properties and/or habitat easements, with a target of 385 acres of native prairie.

Big Stone
Brown
Chippewa
Clay
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Murray
Norman
Pipestone
Pope
Renville
Rock
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy with USFWS
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,430,000
Fund Source

The Nature Conservancy and US Fish and Wildlife Service will cooperate to permanently protect native prairie and associated complexes of wetlands and other native habitats in western Minnesota by purchasing 1,090 acres of fee title properties and/or habitat easements.

Big Stone
Brown
Chippewa
Clay
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Murray
Norman
Otter Tail
Pipestone
Pope
Renville
Rock
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy with USFWS
2017 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,754,000
Fund Source

The Nature Conservancy and US Fish and Wildlife Service will cooperate to permanently protect native prairie and associated complexes of wetlands and native habitats in western Minnesota by purchasing approximately 820 acres of fee title properties and/or habitat easements.

Big Stone
Brown
Chippewa
Clay
Kandiyohi
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Murray
Norman
Otter Tail
Pipestone
Pope
Renville
Rock
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$2,001,000
Fund Source

This project will advance the prairie protection, restoration and enhancement goals established in the 2011 MN Prairie Conservation Plan. It builds upon the successful model established in Phases 1 - 7 and seeks to protect 350 acres in fee without PILT obligations to be held by The Nature Conservancy, enhance 12,500 acres of permanently protected grasslands, and restore 100 acres of prairie and wetland habitat .

Becker
Big Stone
Chippewa
Clay
Cottonwood
Grant
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Murray
Nobles
Norman
Pennington
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Red Lake
Rock
Roseau
Stearns
Swift
Traverse
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy
2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$5,310,000
Fund Source

Phase Four of the MN Prairie Recovery Program resulted in a total of 1,707 acres protected, 37,567 acres enhanced, and 440 acres restored. When combined with Phases 1-3 of the Prairie Recovery Program we have cumulatively protected 5,777 acres, enhanced 95,701 acres and restored 754 acres using Outdoor Heritage Fund dollars. We will continue to implement subsequent Phases toward meeting the conservation goals described in the MN Prairie Conservation Plan.

Big Stone
Chippewa
Clay
Cottonwood
Jackson
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Marshall
Murray
Nobles
Norman
Pennington
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Red Lake
Rock
Roseau
Stearns
Swift
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
The Nature Conservancy
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$3,940,000
Fund Source

This proposal contributes to the goals of the MN Prairie Conservation Plan by protecting 900 acres of native prairie/wetland/savanna; restoring 150 acres prairie/wetland; and enhancing 5,000 acres grassland/savanna.  Fee-title acquisitions and enhancement projects will be targeted to prairie core and cooridor geographies as identified in the Plan.

Becker
Big Stone
Chippewa
Clay
Cottonwood
Grant
Kandiyohi
Kittson
Lac qui Parle
Lincoln
Lyon
Mahnomen
Marshall
Murray
Nobles
Norman
Pennington
Pipestone
Polk
Pope
Red Lake
Rock
Roseau
Stearns
Stevens
Swift
Traverse
Wilkin
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Renville Soil and Water Conservation District
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,500,000

Granite rock outcrops along the Upper Minnesota River are among the oldest exposed rock in North America, dating back approximately 3.6 billion years. These outcrops are also home to rare and specialized plant and animal communities rarely found elsewhere in Minnesota, including several types of cactus and one of Minnesota's only three lizard species, the five-lined skink. However, these rock outcrops are increasingly threatened by mining, overgrazing, and development.

Chippewa
Lac qui Parle
Redwood
Renville
Yellow Medicine
Recipient
Renville Soil and Water Conservation District
2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$1,382,000
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
$418,000

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Chippewa
Lac qui Parle
Redwood
Renville
Yellow Medicine