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2014 Fiscal Year Funding Amount

Grassland ecosystems evolved to depend on periodic disturbances, such as fire and grazing, to maintain their health and stability. Periodic disturbances help control invasive species, add nutrients back into the soil, germinate plant seeds, enhance wildlife habitat, and more. In Minnesota habitat managers have used fire as a disturbance tool for decades but the use of grazing has been much rarer, mostly because of a lack of necessary infrastructure such as fencing.

Science Museum of Minnesota
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount

Overall Project Outcome and Results

Redwood Area Communities Foundation
2012 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
2013 Fiscal Year Funding Amount


U of MN
2018 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
U of MN - Landscape Arboretum
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount

Pollinators play a key role in ecosystem function and in agriculture, including thousands of native plants and more than one hundred U.S. crops that either need or benefit from pollinators. However, pollinators are in dramatic decline in Minnesota and throughout the country. The causes of the decline are not completely understood, but identified factors include loss of nesting sites, fewer flowers, increased disease, and increased pesticide use. Developing an aware, informed citizenry that understands this issue is one key to finding and implementing solutions to counteract these factors.

Martin County SWCD
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center
2015 Fiscal Year Funding Amount

Adoption of renewable energy technologies and energy conservation practices can contribute in a variety of ways to the environmental and economic health of rural Minnesota communities through costs savings and emissions reductions. Engaging and coaching students as the leaders in the process of implementing such practices provides the added benefit of increasing knowledge, teaching about potential career paths, and developing leadership experience.