Prairie Preservation

Prairie Preservation (HM2LPJ)

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N 44° 5.497', W 95° 3.312'

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What are those fence posts doing in the middle of the prairie?

They used to mark the edge of a farm field. In 1974 the Minnesota Historical Society planted a few grass varieties on 50 acres of cropland, initiating one of the first prairie reconstruction projects in Minnesota.  

Can prairie be recreated?

In addition to a great variety of plants, the original prairie supported several hundred species of birds, 80 different species of mammals, and thousands of types of insects. A specific climate, periodic fire and large grazing animals are needed to reconstruct the prairie as it once was. Some scientists believe that prairie reconstruction takes two to five hundred years. Others believe that once native prairie is destroyed, it is gone forever.
Placed ByMinnesota Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, October 10th, 2019 at 2:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 335478 N 4884102
Decimal Degrees44.09161667, -95.05520000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 5.497', W 95° 3.312'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 5' 29.82" N, 95° 3' 18.72" W
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