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Glacial Ridge Project

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A landmark effort to restore prairie, wetlands and life in northwestern Minnesota.

Glacial Ridge is the largest prairie-wetland restoration in U.S. history.

Most of Glacial Ridge's 24,000 acres had been converted to farmland before the Conservancy purchased it in 2000.

Glacial Ridge was restored with the help of the Natural Resources Conservation Service and other partners and now forms the core of Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge.

The Conservancy worked with local businesses to restore much of Glacial Ridge.

More than 250 wetlands were restored at Glacial Ridge.

More than 17,000 acres of tallgrass prairie were reseeded at Glacial Ridge.

Glacial Ridge is once again home to a variety of native plants and wildflowers.

Wildlife including moose have returned to Glacial Ridge in a big way.

Burrowing owls - a state endangered species in Minnesota - have nested at Glacial Ridge.

Glacial Ridge's prairie chicken population has also rebounded thanks to the restoration.

Sandhill cranes rest and feed at Glacial Ridge during migration.

Glacial Ridge also serves as an outdoor classroom for area students.

Local ranchers are once again grazing cattle at Glacial Ridge. Conservation grazing benefits native plants and wildlife.

Glacial Ridge isn't precisely the same as it was in the 19th century, but it does provide an opportunity to experience a vast tallgrass prairie.

Glacial Ridge has been restored and protected for native plants, wildlife and future generations.

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