Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge Protection

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
The Nature Conservancy
Recipient Type: 
Non-Profit Business/Entity
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
End Date: 
June 2015
Activity Type: 
Counties Affected: 
Kandiyohi, Lincoln, Lyon, Mahnomen, Norman, Polk, Red Lake, Wilkin
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2010, Ch. 361, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 2(d)
Appropriation Language 

$2,041,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with The Nature Conservancy to acquire land or permanent easements within the Northern Tallgrass Prairie Habitat Preservation Area in western Minnesota for addition to the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge. A list of proposed fee title and permanent easement acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The accomplishment plan must include an easement stewardship plan.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Number of full time equivalents funded: 
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s) 

Protect 635 acres by fee title or 1,900 acres of easements or a combo of both of prairie

Source of Additional Funds: 

LAWCON Funds, USFWS, TNC non-reimbursed costs

Project Overview

This program will permanently protect remnant native prairie and associated wetland complexes in western Minnesota by purchasing fee title properties and/or habitat easements. Lands and easements purchased through this program by The Nature Conservancy will be transferred to the US Fish and Wildlife Service and will become units of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge to be owned and managed by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The majority of the lands protected will consist of native prairie, however, restoration of wetlands and grasslands will also be completed where needed.

Project Details

Project Manager

The Nature Conservancy
1101 West River Parkway, Suite 200