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Endangered Species Program
Conserving and restoring threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems
Private Stewardship Grants
2005 Funded Projects
Hennepin and Hopper Lakes Restoration (application by The Wetlands Initiative) Putnam County ($40,500) The hydrology of Hopper Lake was recently restored to historic conditions. The Wetlands Initiative will control invasive plant species to protect habitat for at-risk plant species such as fen panicled sedge, queen of the prairie and savanna blazing star. Approximately 35 acres of wetland will be treated to control cattail and reed-canary grass.
Managing Habitat for the Threatened Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid in Northeastern Illinois (application by Fox Valley Land Foundation) Lake, Kane, Grundy, Cook, Ogle and Kankakee counties ($79,500) Working with nine private landowners, the Fox Valley Land Foundation, in cooperation with Abbott Laboratories, Kane County Forest Preserve District, Hybernia Homeowners Association and The Nature Conservancy, will manage habitat to support stable or increasing populations of the eastern prairie fringed orchid on private lands in northern Illinois. Stewards will monitor the status of orchid populations, and increase the size and number of populations of other state listed native species and rare community types through management of these private sites.
Black Oak Savanna and Prairie Pocket Marsh Restoration (application by Big Eastern, Inc.) Starke County ($18,260) The grantee will use chemical applications to control exotic and invasive species in this wetland area. Approximately 90 acres of oak savanna will be burned to control brushy understory to benefit daisy-leaf grape fern, Blandings turtle and eastern massasauga rattlesnake.
Habitat Restoration in the Hills - Phase II (application by Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development Area) Plymouth, Woodbury, Monona, Harrison, Paottawattamie, Mills and Freemont counties ($64,904) The grantee will use awarded funds to complement the Loess Hills Stewardship Work Plan in southwest Iowa. The Golden Hills Resource Conservation and Development Area, in coordination with The Nature Conservancy, The Loess Hills Alliance, Pheasants Forever and private landowners, will restore and improve native prairie habitats, improve grazing lands, restore oak savannas, and provide best management practice services and skills to landowners. The stewardship projects will benefit grassland species such as Great Plains skink, prairie rattlesnake, Arogos skipper, Ottoe skipper and regal fritillary butterfly.
Cotton Lake Fen and Prairie Restoration (application by a private individual) Calhoun County, Michigan ($25,601) The private landowner will restore 3.4 acres of prairie fen and 18 acres of upland prairie to historic vegetative conditions, restoring habitat for the Mitchell's satyr butterfly.
Imperiled Species Conservation on Private Land in Western Minnesota (application by Friends of the Morris Wetland Management District) Wilkin, Ottertail, Grant, Pope, Kandiyohi, Big Stone, Yellow Medicine and Lac Qui Parle counties ($58,297) Friends of the Morris Wetland Management District will work with more than ten private landowners to remove woody cover in order to enhance and restore native prairie habitats to benefit greater prairie chicken, marbled godwit, short-eared owl, Henslow's sparrow, Dakota skipper and western prairie fringed orchid. Approximately 2,500 acres have been identified for clearing.
Sand Coulee Prairie Restoration (application by Friends of the Mississippi River) Dakota County ($59,185) Friends of the Mississippi, cooperating with eight private landowners, will improve and maintain approximately 80 acres of native dry prairie, barrens subtype through stewardship activities including reduction and control of exotic and invasive plant species to benefit James' polansia, sea-beach needle grass, clustered broomrap, Ottoe skipper and regal fritillary.
Rare species and rich fen habitat restoration (application by a private individual) Anoka County ($44,755) Approximately 23 acres of high quality wetland habitat will be restored and enhanced with Private Stewardship funding. Glossy buckthorn, reed canary grass and giant reed will be removed; soil surfaces scraped to remove reed canary genotypes and invasive seed bank; collect native species seeds on-site and disperse throughout the fen; and prescribed burning. Species that will benefit from the restoration include twisted yellow-eyed grass, cross-leaved milkwort, turbercled rein orchid and lance-leaved violet.
Missouri Grassland Habitat Management (application by Missouri Prairie Foundation) Vernon, St. Clair and Dade counties, Missouri ($100,000) The Missouri Prairie Foundation will use a combination of prescribed fire, grazing, woody species removal, exotic species eradication, and native species establishment to enhance habitat for Mead's milkweed, geocarpon, ground plum, prairie grass pink orchid, and greater prairie chicken on approximately 1,400 acres of prairie.
Southern Wisconsin Prairie Recovery Project (application by The Prairie Enthusiasts) Iowa , Rock, Crawford, Sauk and Dane counties ($124,311) The Prairie Enthusiasts will work with twenty private landowners, including The Nature Conservancy and Madison Audubon Society, to accomplish prairie recovery and enhancement activities to benefit prairie bush clover, eastern prairie-fringed orchid, and 16 other imperiled species. The project entails controlling and/or eliminating invasive native and non-native tree and shrub cover.
Last updated: March 12, 2018