Audubon Minnesota and the Outdoor Heritage Fund

Projects supported by the Outdoor Heritage Fund
cerulean warbler
Cerulean Warbler Photo: Rebecca Field

Floodplain Forest Enhancement - Mississippi River

Invasive species are preventing natural regeneration of trees and threatening floodplain forests and wildlife along the Mississippi River. This effort is part of long-term program to restore floodplain forest by controlling invasive species and planting floodplain forest trees. Read more about this work. 

Floodplain Forest Enhancement - Mississippi River, Phase 2

Reed canary grass is preventing natural regeneration of trees and threatening floodplain forests and wildlife along the Mississippi. This effort builds on previous LSOHC funding to control reed canary grass and plant trees as part of a long-term effort. Read more about this work. 

Protecting and Restoring Minnesota's Important Birds Areas

This project protects and restores 590 acres of significant wildlife habitat through conservation easements and restoration projects. The work is done on private lands within Important Bird Areas and has an emphasis on habitat located in within priority areas of the Minnesota Prairie Conservation Plan. Read more about this work. 

Outdoor Heritage Funds benefit birds, wildlife, and people

In 2008, Minnesota voters passed the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment (Legacy Amendment) to the Minnesota Constitution. Thirty-three percent of the sales tax revenue from the Legacy Amendment is allocated to the Outdoor Heritage Fund. Those funds "may be spent to restore, protect, and enhance wetlands, prairies, forest and habitat for fish, game, and wildlife.”

The Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council (LSOHC) was established by the legislature to provide annual recommendations on how the Outdoor Heritage Funds should be used. Also, decisions to fund projects with Legacy Amendment funds are guided by the Minnesota Conservation and Preservation Plan. Read more about OHF funded projects.

Above are projects made possible with OHF funds, but these projects also rely on contributions from people like you. Please consider supporting our work.

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