Landscaping for Wildlife demonstration areas
Three demonstration areas have been developed to show the 16 habitat components of "landscaping for wildlife" methods. At the 110-acre Uppgaard Wildlife Management Area between Crosslake and Pequot Lakes, examples of the different components are marked with signs, and well-maintained trails lead the visitor to wildflower gardens, feeders, wildlife-viewing blinds, and scenic overlooks. At the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd, two backyard areas have been developed to show the visitor the variety of plants that are valuable to wildlife. There are also displays of bird feeders and nesting boxes. At the DNR Regional Headquarters, also in Brainerd, three terraces have been planted with native woodland and prairie plant species. These plants are labeled to assist with identification and an information board inside the main entrance provides additional information on plants that are currently blooming. A bird feeding station is also maintained on the river side of the building which features a squirrel-proof feeder array.