Regal Meadow is part of an ancient outwash valley of the Crow River that stretches from the town of Sedan, eastward to Richmond in southwestern Stearns County. This valley also includes TNC's Roscoe Prairie, located northeast of Regal Meadow in Stearns County.
Why The Nature Conservancy Selected This Site
Regal Meadow contains high quality remnants of wet and mesic prairie and sedge meadow communities.
What The Nature Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
Regal Meadow Preserve was acquired by The Nature Conservancy in stages (beginning in 1979) from five separate owners, including Mrs. Annabelle Ruhland and her family. Mrs. Ruhland's father and grandfather were naturalists, and because of their interest in land preservation, great care was taken to protect species, especially the small white lady's slipper, a species of special concern in Minnesota.
Restoring prairie on the preserve has been an ongoing process. Continued grassland restoration and land acquisition will buffer these important prairie communities.