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.
What are we doing?
For more information
Northern Tallgrass Prairie Project (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)