Northern Tall Grass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Protection

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Recipient Type: 
Federal Government
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2009
End Date: 
June 2012
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition
Counties Affected: 
Big Stone, Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk, Rock, Swift, Wilkin, Yellow Medicine
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subdivision 2(e)
Appropriation Language 

$1,583,000 in fiscal year 2010 is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to acquire land or permanent easements within the Northern Tall Grass Prairie Habitat Preservation Area in western Minnesota. The commissioner may advance funds to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. A list of proposed fee title and permanent easement acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. Land removed from this program shall transfer to the state.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Source of Additional Funds: 

Land and Water Conservation Funds and USFWS in-kind services

Project Overview

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. Lands protected will be within the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Habitat Preservation Area (HPA) in western Minnesota and will become units of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.

Project Details

About the Issue

Protect 525 acres by fee and 1,583 acres with easements of prairie

Project Manager

Alice M
US Fish and Wildlife Service
44843 County Road 19