Prairie Protection for Landowners

Why protect native prairie?

Prior to European settlement, more than 18 million acres of prairie covered Minnesota. Our prairie lands were part of the largest ecosystem in North America, stretching from Canada to Mexico and from the Rockies to Indiana. A wealth of diverse species, habitats and cultures thrived here. With its fertile soil and nutritious grasses, prairie became the basis for an agricultural empire. Today, less than two percent of Minnesota's native prairie remains. It is North America's most endangered habitat type. The near elimination of native prairie has inspired many efforts to protect remaining parcels.

What are we doing?

Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan

Blazingstar on hill above a lake
Illustration of Minnesota Prairie Bank logo: fencepost and meadowlark inside state outline.

What can you do?

Landowner Programs


Going Native: A Prairie Restoration Handbook for Minnesota Landowners This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

How to Use Native Plants for Landscaping and Restoration in Minnesota This is a PDF file. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to download it.

Native Plant Suppliers and Landscapers in Minnesota

Minnesota's Native Plant Communities

Roadsides for Wildlife

For more information

Minnesota Scientific & Natural Areas

Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation Districts

The Nature Conservancy - Minnesota Chapter

Northern Tallgrass Prairie Project (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Ducks Unlimited: Conservation

Pheasants Forever: Habitat Conservation