Scientific and Natural Areas Program

Prairie protection

Prairie Protection for Landowners

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Why protect native prairie?

Prior to European settlement, more than 18 million acres of prairie covered Minnesota. A wealth of diverse species, habitats and cultures thrived here. With its fertile soil and nutritious grasses, prairie became the basis for an agricultural empire. Today, less than two percent of Minnesota's native prairie remains PDF. It is North America's most endangered habitat type. The near elimination of native prairie has inspired many efforts to protect remaining parcels.

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What are we doing?

Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan »

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What can you do?

Landowner Programs


Going Native: A Prairie Restoration Handbook for Minnesota Landowners PDF

How to Use Native Plants for Landscaping and Restoration in Minnesota PDF

Native Plant Suppliers and Landscapers in Minnesota

Minnesota's Native Plant Communities

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For more information

Minnesota Scientific & Natural Areas

Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation Districts This link leads to an external site.

The Nature Conservancy - Minnesota Chapter This link leads to an external site.

Northern Tallgrass Prairie Project (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) This link leads to an external site.

Ducks Unlimited: Conservation  This link leads to an external site.

Pheasants Forever: Habitat Conservation This link leads to an external site.