Prairie Protection for Landowners

Prairie with monarch butterfly on liatris


Why protect native prairie?


Prior to European settlement, more than 18 million acres of prairie covered Minnesota. 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.



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What can you do?

Landowner Programs



Guides to Prairie Restoration in Minnesota

Going Native: A Prairie Restoration Handbook for Minnesota Landowners 

How to Use Native Plants for Landscaping and Restoration in Minnesota 

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