United Prairie Foundation's programs focus on degraded undermanaged grasslands dominated by invasive intruders. With support from members and partners the Foundation works daily to rid these grasslands of non-native species. Most projects require a highly diverse restoration using local ecotype prairie seeds, which create wildlife habitat for ducks, deer, pheasants, and butterflies, and provides the highest quality pollinator habitat for bees and other beneficial insects.
which was nearly 40% of the United States. Today less than 4% remains. Within a generation the vast majority of prairie was developed and plowed under.
in the United States use the Prairie Pothole Region for breeding and migration stopover.
to diverse, native perennials farmers and landowners can reduce the amount of soil leaving their fields by 90% and the amount of nitrogen leaving their fields through surface runoff by up to 85%. (Iowa State University)
that use real eco-type correct prairie seed mixes!
100% of membership dollars will be used to leverage GRANTS restoring prairie habitats in 2017.
Winter months provide an ideal time and opportunity to catch up on prescribed fires that are essential in restoring our native prairies. Removing invasive species of trees is one of the most critical functions related to proper prairie management. Prescribed Fire 01-2017
United Prairie Foundation (UPF) is Fired Up about the habitat. UPF and the Enderlin/Sheldon Volunteer Fire Department have teamed up and started their Fired Up About Habitat campaign to aide prairie habitats and the community. This partnership includes the department’s ability to fight grassland fires and execute remote rescue operations. This partnership truly helps everyone, including Read more about Fired Up About Habitat[…]
Larry Hanson retired in October from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and became the Foundation’s Scientific Director. We couldn’t have been doing prairie restorations without his guidance, but with his retirement we are fortunate enough to obtain his services full-time.