The program will protect 800 acres of new wildlife habitat in the Prairie, Deciduous Transition, and Southeast Bluffland ecological sections of Minnesota through fee title acquisition. Title of all lands acquired will be held by the State and designated as Wildlife Management Area open to hunting, trapping, fishing and compatible outdoor recreation uses.
Funds will be used by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to benefit the less than 1% of remaining prairie lands in the western and southern portions of the state. Specific work includes: 1) conducting a rapid assessment of the status of remaining native prairie sites in the state; 2) accelerating the Minnesota County Biological Survey (MCBS) in the prairie region of the state; 3) providing increased technical assistance to private prairie landowners; 4) accelerating management of public and private prairie lands; 5) monitoring and evaluating prairie condition and associated wildlife; and 6) acquiring approximately 150 acres of prairie natural areas, prairie bank easements, and buffers.
This program will accelerate the restoration and enhancement of approximately 20,500 acres of native prairie vegetation on Wildlife Management Areas, and Scientific and Natural Areas and Native Prairie Bank Easements.
This program will accelerate the restoration and enhancement of approximately 69,000 acres of primarily native prairie vegetation on Wildlife Management Areas, and Scientific and Natural Areas and Native Prairie Bank Easements.
This programmatic partnership between the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Ducks Unlimited (DU) will accelerate enhancement, restoration, and protection of shallow lakes and wetlands important to waterfowl.
This program will accelerate the improvement and protection of shallow lakes and large wetland habitat critical to migratory waterfowl and other wildlife in Minnesota by improving water quality and rejuvenating aquatic ecology in turbid shallow lake basins.
Our program will protect and restore 700 acres of new wetland wildlife habitat in wetland complexes in Minnesota through fee title acquisition. Title of all lands acquired will be held by the State and designated as Wildlife Management Area open to hunting, trapping, fishing and compatible outdoor recreation uses.
The common carp, first introduced and widely distributed across the United States in the late 1800s, is one of the most damaging invasive fish species in Minnesota and around the country. Common carp reduce food sources needed by native fish, stir up sediment and reduce water clarity, and harm underwater plants that maintain water quality and provide food and shelter for other fish. Various methods of control have proven either unsuccessful or environmentally damaging. These funds enable the University of Minnesota to continue, expand, and accelerate research into new and better options for controlling common carp by building upon major findings from a previous Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund funded phase of this research [ML 2005, First Special Session, Chapter 1, Article 2, Section 11, Subd 5(g)], which identified recruitment (i.e. the process by which newly hatched fish survive to a year in age) as a key weakness in the life history of the common carp.