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Minnesota Native Prairie Bank

Frequently Asked Questions




Why enroll in a Native Prairie Bank?




Eligible Lands

How do I know if my land is eligible?


How much of my land can I enroll in a Native Prairie Bank easement?


My land has a creek, a native prairie, and some Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) land. Can I enroll all of it in a Native Prairie Bank easement?


I have a former crop field that I restored to prairie plants. Can I enroll it in a Native Prairie Bank easement?




Landowner Uses

Will the easement allow me to continue some agricultural uses in the future?


If I decide to continue grazing, can I graze the same way I have been?


If I want to retain grazing rights, can I see the approved grazing plan before agreeing to a Native Prairie Bank easement?


What's in an approved grazing plan?


If I decide to continue haying my prairie, how much and how often can I do that?


Can I have a hunting blind on my Native Prairie Bank easement?


I was thinking of building a house on the prairie, can I do that with a Native Prairie Bank easement?


Can I put a wind turbine on a Native Prairie Bank easement?




The Enrollment Process

How do I apply?


How long does it take to complete the enrollment process?


How is the payment determined?


What is the method of payment?


I own the prairie with others. Can each person determine their payment for the easement?


Can I have a Native Prairie Bank easement if I have a mortgage or a Contract for Deed?


Can I use the income from selling the easement in a 1031 exchange?


How long does the easement last?




Taxes

What about income taxes?


Can I be in the Prairie Tax Exemption program at the same time?


Can I donate a Native Prairie Bank easement?





After Enrollment

What happens after I've enrolled in a Native Prairie Bank?


Can I get help managing my prairie once I'm enrolled?


What if my circumstances change? Can I re-negotiate the easement?


Can I terminate the easement?


I have problems with people dumping garbage on my prairie. If I enroll it in a Native Prairie Bank easement can I get help to get it stopped?


I have an old dump on my prairie. What do I with it?


If the Native Prairie Bank easement includes some of my current Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres will I continue to get payments after enrolling?