Chase Lake Prairie Project


Chase Lake Prairie Project (CLPP) was dedicated in 1989 and is a national flagship project of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP). It embraces 5.5 million acres (8,600 square miles) in 11 counties; 97% of this land is privately owned.

The Chase Lake Prairie Project was established to enhance wildlife on public and private land, provide landowner incentives for sound soil and water management, and provide increased public awareness and recreational opportunities. These actions were developed with the overall philosophy that wildlife and landowners cannot only co-exist, but flourish. 

Under this plan, 14 cooperative habitat improvement focus areas were started and the one encompassing the CLPP came to be known as the Prairie Pothole Joint Venture (PPJV). A major source of project funding is provided through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) in the form of grant money.

The Missouri Coteau, produced by glaciation, is the dominant physiographic region in the area. Grassy uplands and an abundance of wetlands (up to 100 basins per square mile) encompass the area and have always made it important for wildlife. With such a large percentage of lands held in private control, it is crucial for project success to work in conjunction with willing landowners by promoting quality land use practices. Farmers, ranches, and wildlife professionals are working together to take full advantage of the riches the prairie can provide.

Biologists are improving the landscape and prairie ecosystem by using a myriad of programs. The results include improved water quality, reduced soil erosion, increased farm and ranch profitability, and enhanced quality of life for people throughout the region. CLPP is working hard to ensure that this unique landscape will be here for future generations of people to enjoy.