Links a great source for the person who is serious about restoring their own prairie. A great deal of information about prairies. Search the site for anything from map or prairies in Minnesota to a guide on where to buy your seeds. A good look at some restoration research. An attractive, comprehensive, fun site with an interactive component.


Going Native, brochure from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul. Call the DNR Information Center for a copy. Toll-free (800) 776-6000 or (651) 296-6157 in the Metro Area.

How to Manage Small Prairie Fires by Wayne R. Pauly, Dane County Park Commission, Madison, WI, 1982. A great guide on how to carry out a prescribed burn. To order, call the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Information Center (651) 296-6157 or (800)776-6000.

The Prairie Reader, North America’s only independent journal devoted to prairies and restoration. PO Box 8227, St. Paul, MN 55108.

Restoring the Tallgrass Prairie, by Shirley Shirley, University of Iowa Press, 1994. A good source of information for planting your own prairie.

Tallgrass Prairie, J. Madson, Falcon Press MT, 1993. An excellent look at prairie ecology.
The Tallgrass Prairie Restoration Handbook, edited by Stephen Packard and Cornelia F. Mutel, Island Press, 1997. This is an in-depth look at restoration topics through a collection of essays.

Tallgrass Prairie Wildflowers, Doug Ladd, Frank Oberle et al., Falcon Publishing Inc. and The Nature Conservancy, 1995. Beautiful pictures and in-depth information of many prairie species.

Wild and Beautiful: A guide to the Native Wildflowers of Southeastern Minnesota, information on finding wildlfowers in their natural habitats. Call the Institute for the Development of Educational Alternatives, (800) 828-1231.

Useful Organizations In the Minnesota Region

Great River Greening

A nonprofit Twin Cities organization that helps communities understand their natural environment through volunteer involvement. For more information, call (651)665-9500 or website at

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Information Center. Toll-free (800) 776-6000, or (651) 296-6157 in the Metro Area. Website at

The Nature Conservancy of Minnesota

An international organization committed to protecting the diversity of life. Minneapolis office: (612) 331-0750 or

Native Plant Society

220 Biological Sciences Center, 1445 Gortner Avenue., St. Paul, MN 55108.

Minnesota Native Wildflower/Grass Producers Association

Member listing and brochure available. Rt. 3, PO Box 163, Winona, MN 55987.

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Includes a 20-acre prairie planting. (612) 443-2460.

Northern Tallgrass Prairie Project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Plans to protect 77,000 acres of tallgrass prairie remnants in western Minnesota and northwest Iowa. For more information, call (320) 273-2191 or your local U.S. Fish and Wildlife Office.

Prairie Enthusiasts

Involved volunteer organization offers various events, such as burn workshops.

Prairie Smoke

Volunteer organization dedicated to prairie restoration on private lands. PO Box 392, Chatfield, MN 55923.

Prairie Restoration

Restoration Projects

Last updated: December 27, 2017

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