Rare & Declining Habitat
Prairie smoke, a native forb, in bloom.
Oak savanna at the University of Minnesota's Cedar Creek Natural History Area.
Calcareous fen, a type of wetland.
Rare and declining habitats are ecosystems that once flourished but now are severely diminished or degraded. In Minnesota, they include tallgrass prairie, oak savanna, red pine and white pine forests, jack pine woodlands/forests, aspen parkland and all types of wetlands. Each of these habitats supports threatened and endangered plant and animal species.
Restoring a rare or declining habitat primarily involves establishing plants native to the ecosystem. Long-term management is needed to maintain plant health and vigor, keep out invasive species and maintain ecological benefits.
Restoration and management of rare and declining habitats typically involves one or more of the following practices:
Another related practice is stream habitat restoration.
Guidance from USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
MN Board of Water and Soil Resources
MN Dept of Natural Resources
The Oak Savanna Foundation
Also see resources for Similar & Related Practices listed above.
See contacts for specific programs that fund this practice in the side-by-side payment comparison or contact your local Soil and Water Conservation District