Minnesota boasts an amazing diversity of high quality natural resources across the state. As the ‘land of 10,000’ lakes, freshwater resources are abundant across the state from the boundary waters to the headwaters of the Mississippi to the prairie potholes. Intact northern and boreal forests that still support moose and wolf populations dominate the north eastern part of the state and some of the best remaining examples of tallgrass prairie can be found along the western border. This diversity in natural systems requires a diversity of scientific approaches and partnerships to inform conservation efforts in Minnesota. We work with partners across freshwater, forests and prairie ecosystems to advance our understanding of the best restoration, management and climate resilience practices for Minnesota’s natural resources.

Recent Projects: Grassland Monitoring Team
Photo: © 2010 Richard Hamilton Smith

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