Sites and Projects

Longspur currently manages seven prairie restoration projects. Three more sites in the Red River Valley and surrounding counties are currently under negotiation. 

 

Site 1 - Ulen

Longspur's Site 1 is near Ulen, MN and consists of 160 acres. The site is privately owned. The site's 160 acres join another 1200 acres -- including the Ulen SWMA and over 600 acres of USFWS protected land -- to create a unified habitat of 1,300+ acres. Site 1 was fully restored in 2009-2011, has been enrolled in the Minnesota Walk-In Access Program, and is now open to public hunting. Access to the site for other uses is free to all responsible naturalists, artists, students, and adventurers.  Please contact LPF directly for an appointment. Enjoy! 

Want to learn more? LPF Site 1 - Ulen: Pictures, Maps, and Directions

Site 2 - Mahnomen

Longspur's Site 2 is near Mahnomen, MN and consists of 306 acres. The site is owned by the Impact Foundation. The site's 306 acres join the Wambach SWMA, the Santee Prairie SNA, and the Rush Lake SWMA to create a unified habitat of 4,000+ acres. Restoration on Site 2 began in the Fall of 2014. Seeding and final restoration work was finished in the summer of 2015. In the summer of 2016, Site 2 was enrolled in the Minnesota Walk-In Access Program, and is now open to public hunting. Access to the site for other uses is free to all responsible naturalists, artists, students, and adventurers.  Please contact LPF directly for an appointment. Enjoy! 

Want to learn more? LPF Site 2 - Mahnomen: Pictures, Maps, and Directions

Site 3 - Rourke Microprairie

Longspur's Site 3, the Rourke Art Museum Micro-Prairie, is located at 521 Main Avenue, Moorhead, MN, and consists of two micro-plots on the East side of the building. The site is owned by the City of Moorhead. Planting on Site 2 began in the summer of 2017. The site is now open -- free to the public -- all year long, sunrise to sunset. During the Rourke's opening hours, 1-5 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, the staff and volunteers are happy to answer questions and provide more information. 

Site 4 - Moorhead Urban Orchard

Longspur's Site 4, the City of Moorhead's first "Urban Orchard," is located at 802 3rd Street South, Moorhead, MN, and consists of a 360° planting of fruit trees and edible plants around the residence proper. The site is privately owned, but public access is allowed and encouraged. Planning the site began in middle 2016 and was facilitated by a partnership between LPF and Ugly Food of the North. A Northwest Regional Sustainable Partnership Grant from the University of Minnesota Extension Service provided funding for planting. 

Site 5 - Elm Street Microprairie

Longspur's Site 5, the Elm Street Micro-Prairie, is located in Moorhead and consists of one micro-plot located in the front yard of a residence. The site is privately-owned. Planting on Site 5 began in the summer of 2017. The site is now open -- for the entire community -- to enjoy all year long, sunrise to sunset. Enjoy! 

Site 6 - Mickelson Microprairie

Longspur's Site 6, the Mickelson Micro-Prairie, is located in Moorhead and consists of one micro-plot located in the backyard of a residence. The site is privately-owned. Planting on Site 6 began in the summer of 2016. The site is now open -- for the entire community -- to enjoy all year long, sunrise to sunset.

Site 7 - Eighth Street Microprairie

Longspur's Site 7, the Eighth Street Micro-Prairie, is located on Historic South Eighth Street in Downtown Fargo and consists of one micro-plot located to the south of Nichole's Fine Pastry and Dakota Fine Art. The site was sponsored by  local businesswoman, Christine Jaeger, and hosts a stunning mural featuring the rusty-patched bumblebee and purple prairie coneflower from artist and local visionary, Jeff Knight. Planting on Site 7 began in the summer of 2019. The site is now open -- for the entire community -- to enjoy all year long, sunrise to sunset. 

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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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