displaying on booming grounds at TNC's Bluestem Prairie Preserve in Minnesota
Male greater prairie chicken displaying on booming grounds at TNC's Bluestem Prairie Preserve in Minnesota © Bruce Leventhal

Places We Protect

Minnesota

Tympanuchus Prairie

The Outdoor Heritage Fund was created to restore, protect and enhance habitat for Minnesota's fish, game and wildlife.

The Nature Conservancy protected approximately 160 acres in Polk County. This property contains native wet prairie that provides important habitat for grassland-dependant birds such as the greater prairie chickens that perform their “booming” courtship displays here.

The property provides a vital wildlife corridor as it connects Tympanuchus and Thorson Prairie Wildlife Management Areas, and also is close to the Conservancy’s Pankratz Memorial Prairie, Pembina Trail Preserve, and the newly created Glacial Ridge National Wildlife Refuge.

The Nature Conservancy acquired the land through the Conservation Partners Legacy Program administered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The program funds projects that restore, enhance, or protect forests, wetlands, prairies and habitat for fish, game and wildlife in Minnesota.

Funding for the Conservation Partners Legacy Program was provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which was created under the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

The property is open to the public for hiking, photography and bird-watching. The Minnesota State Constitution requires all properties purchased with Outdoor Heritage Fund dollars to be open to the public taking of fish and game during the open season. As a result, hunting, trapping and fishing are allowed on this property in accordance with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management Areas rules published in the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.

Many of the properties purchased through the project are adjacent to private lands that are not open for public hunting. Please restrict hunting and fishing activities to only those lands clearly marked with signage showing they are “Open to Public Hunting.”

The Conservancy manages Conservation Partners Legacy Program properties using strategies including prescribed fire, conservation grazing, and the removal of encroaching trees and brush. These methods will benefit wildlife, preserve clean water and provide recreational opportunities.

Location: NE 1/4 of Section 33, Kertsonville Township, Polk County; 96°25'0"W 47°41'14"N (47.6872222°, -096.4166667°)

Location: NE 1/4 of Section 33, Kertsonville Township, Polk County; 96°25'0"W 47°41'14"N (47.6872222°, -096.4166667°)