The Longspur Prairie Fund and the Minnesota Prairie Plan

At the time of the Public Land Survey (1847-1908), Minnesota had 18 million acres of prairie. Today only a little over 1 percent (map) of native prairie remains. The Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan (PDF) focuses efforts on grassland and wetland, creating partnership between federal agencies, state agencies, and the state’s most active conservation organizations. The plan identifies core conservation areas and creates a vision of a connected landscape from Canada to Iowa.

The Longspur Prairie Fund is a partner in the Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan and its core strategies: 

Protection: Maintain habitat through conservation easements on private land or acquisition of public land.

Restoration: Grassland and wetland reconstruction to contribute to functional systems and viable species populations.

Enhancement: Activities that improve habitats and functionality of a grassland or wetland (prescribed burning, conservation grazing/haying, control of invasive species).

Why preserve native prairie?

Prior to European settlement, more than 18 million acres of prairie covered Minnesota. A wealth of diverse species and habitats thrived here. Today, with less than two percent of the state's native prairie remaining, it is North America's most endangered habitat type. Restoring our grasslands leads to positive effects for our biodiversity, our soil health, our agricultural communities, and for global climate. 

Currently, two LPF sites are a part of the Minnesota Prairie Restoration Plan (see maps below): 

Longspur's Site 1 - Ulen is part of the Minnesota Prairie Restoration Plan, occupying a central position as a connecting parcel in the Felton Prairie Coordinated Landscape Management Area (CLMA). Find out more about LPF Site 1 - Ulen HERE

Longspur's Site 2 - Mahnomen is part of the Minnesota Prairie Restoration Plan, pushing the boundary of the Mahnomen County Coordinated Landscape Management Area (PDF) south towards Mahnomen proper and connecting key pieces of USFWA land to the HWY 59 prairie corridor. Find out more about LPF Site 1 - Ulen HERE.

Concordia Pollinator Study, Ulen
Eastern wetlands on Ulen prairie
Mixed prairie, Ulen
Concordia Small Mammal Study, Ulen
Canadian wild rye, Ulen
Minnesota Prairie Plan Map - Mahnomen and Becker County Coordinated Landscape Areas
Minnesota Prairie Plan Map - Felton Prairie Coordinated Landscape Area 

The Longspur Prairie Fund is dedicated to fostering the experiences, insights, and pleasures found in the native landscapes of the Red River Valley by way of advocacy, education, and conservation.

We respect farmers, hunters, business owners, their properties, and their communities. We protect native plants, animals, habitats, and their ecologies. We teach the wisdom of the prairie through the arts and sciences. ​

We restore native landscapes and preserve them for all time. 







The Longspur Prairie Fund (EIN 83-2452110) is a non-profit, tax-exempt charity under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.      

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"Our profession is to always find God in nature."  - Henry David Thoreau                                                                                                                       

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