Tallgrass Prairie Reconstruction (SWG T-37-R)

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Project Documents

Authors and Contributors

Kristine Askerooth, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Target Species


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tallgrass restoration


Most of the original estimated 60 million acres of tallgrass prairie was plowed for agricultural production within a short time after European settlement. Samson and Knopf (1994) estimate there has been a 99.9% decline in area of tallgrass prairie in North Dakota. The goal of the proposed project is to reconstruct grassland habitat that contains native grasses and forbs. This will be accomplished by seeding native perennial herbaceous mixtures on formerly cropped priority WPAs in the Tewaukon National Wildlife Refuge (NWR).