We're happy to announce that the Minnesota Land Trust, in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, was awarded a $120,000 grant from the Conservation Partners Legacy Program that will help private landowners improve wildlife habitat on their property.
This pilot program, which includes matching funds and services from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, is aimed at restoration of wetland areas that were impacted by agricultural uses. All of the targeted lands are currently protected with conservation easements.
The Minnesota Land Trust will work with Fish and Wildlife Service biologists to restore wetland hydrology, re-seed native plants and provide the landowner with a long-term management plan.
The idea for this program rose from the personal visits that Minnesota Land Trust staff and certified volunteers make to each of the non-profit’s 500+ conservation easements every year.
Fortunately, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program was also looking for a way to expand their services to Minnesota’s private landowners and we were able to develop this program quickly.
“We see our landowners making incredible investments of time and money in their land all the time,” stated Minnesota Land Trust’s restoration project manager Kristina Geiger, “but sometimes the scope of the restoration is greater than the landowner can take on, and because of the significant habitat benefits we will realize, these are just the perfect projects to undertake with this restoration grant program.”