Working forestland in northern Minnesota and prairies in western Minnesota will be conserved as a result of recently approved Congressional appropriations.
Federal FY’09 Interior Appropriations, signed by President Obama on March11 includes $3million to purchase working forest conservation easements in Koochiching County. It also provides $500,000 to conserve native prairie, primarily through conservation easements, located within the boundary of the Northern Tallgrass Prairie National Wildlife Refuge in western Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.
In the spring of2008, Minnesota’s Senators Amy Klobuchar and Norm Coleman were instrumental in advocating for funding to protect Minnesota’s working forests. Sen. Klobuchar and Rep.Tim Walz of Mankato provided key support for appropriations to conserve prairie in Minnesota.
“One million acres of industrial forestland is at risk in Minnesota and native prairie is the most endangered habitat type not only in our state but on Earth,” said Peggy Ladner, director of The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota. “We want to thank our U.S. senators and Rep. Walz for their leadership and support in conserving Minnesota’s forests and prairies.”
In Minnesota, the Conservancy has helped conserve more than 350,000 acres since 1958. The Conservancy has 23,000 members in Minnesota and offices in Minneapolis, Cushing, Paynesville, Grand Rapids, Glyndon, Duluth, Karlstad, Mentor and Preston. Visit The Nature Conservancy in Minnesota.
The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.
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