Minnesota is a very unique state, it has four naturally occurring biomes. Prairies are an important part of Minnesota’s cluster of biomes. Prairies offer a grassy habitat for numerous plants and animals. Fortunately the Middle Fork Crow River Watershed District was able to help find funding for a prairie restoration. This project entails removing invasive trees and shrubs and planting natural prairie plants and grasses. The goal is to have the project returned back to the prairies of an older Minnesota.
This project was cost-shared with the land owner on the agreement that the owner would need to maintain the restoration for a minimum of ten years so that the prairie can become self-sustaining. There is also an agreement made that the land owner will not make any alterations or additions unless it is approved. Projects like this one are an important piece in keeping Minnesota beautiful and full of naturally occurring ecosystems.