North Dakota receives funding for North Dakota Northern Prairie V project


A North Dakota project is receiving funding for a project, US Secretary of the Interior, David Bernhardt, says.

The project is called North Dakota Northern Prairie V, and is located throughout 11 different counties in North Dakota—Bottineau, Burke, Divide, McHenry, McLean, Mountrail, Pierce, Renville, Rolette, Ward and Williams.

The organization working on the project is the US Fish and Wildlife Service, with the grant award totaling one million dollars, with a proposed match amount of just over 1.5 million dollars.

The project is phase five of an ongoing project designed to protect, restore, establish and enhance wetland/grassland communities using a landscape level approach to planning. Areas with the highest wetland densities will be targeted to implement wetland and grassland conservation strategies.

Specifically, grant and matching funds will be used to conserve, restore and improve wetland and grassland habitat on 33,803 acres in north-central and northwestern North Dakota. Overall, 984 acres of native grasslands and 500 acres of wetlands will be secured by perpetual  easements, 20 acres of wetlands will be restored and another 622-wetland acre will be enhanced by 5,747 acres of managed grazing systems and 600 acres of grassland restorations that will help maintain the function and value of these wetlands.