DNR staff talk about prairie with visitors on a Minnesota prairie.
The Prairie Plan
Native prairies, grasslands, wetlands, lakes, and streams are important parts of a healthy prairie ecosystem. When working properly, this ecosystem provides many benefits including stability, adaptability, and resilience in the face of environmental changes. Larger and more connected prairie supports animal species with larger home ranges, facilitates species movement, and increases gene flow (which is important for prairie diversity and survival).
In 2010, conservation partners from across the state came together to create the Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan, a 25-year strategy for prairie protection and management. This "blueprint" for Minnesota prairies lays out specific conservation strategies and target areas aimed at creating functional prairie ecosystems.
Prairie Related Planning Efforts
- Audubon Minnesota Prairie and Wetland Conservation
- DNR Conservation Agenda, Goal 1: Natural Resources Conservation
- Minnesota Scientific and Natural Areas (SNA) Program Strategic Land Protection Plan
- Minnesota's Duck Action Plan
- Minnesota's Pheasant Action Plan
- Minnesota's Wildlife Action Plan
- USFWS Minnesota Comprehensive Conservation Plans
- Prairie Plan Local Technical Teams (LTTs), contact [email protected] for more information
- Prairie Pothole Joint Venture