White Bear Lake, MN –Wildlife Forever recently took another step forward in the development and implementation of a new program called, Prairie to the People™. On the grounds of its headquarters, staff and volunteers removed non-native landscaping and planted native prairie flowers and grasses. Over the course of two months, this project has hatched over 30 Monarch butterfly caterpillars and has been home to countless other butterfly and pollinators species.
Wildlife Forever’s Prairie to the People™ is a community development program that works to integrate prairie habitat within local municipalities. Prairie enhancement and restoration projects create buffer zones which absorb rainwater, reduce erosion, and create pollinator habitats. Additional benefits include, lower maintenance costs associated with the upkeep of traditional mowed green spaces. Community project sites also enhance aesthetics and become a conservation learning center for the benefits of prairie habitats, countless pollinator, and ultimately, how citizens can adopt and implement themselves.
“Prairie to the People™ works to make prairies common again. Benefits to a city for adopting prairie friendly policies and management techniques include significant cost savings over time and improve the ecological function of open spaces. Prairie to the People™ also becomes a wonderful community enhancement project and opportunity for citizens to get engaged,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.
If your community is interested in participating with Prairie to the People™, contact Wildlife Forever at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Wildlife Forever (WF): Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. By investing resources in conservation education and on the ground projects, recent audits reveal 94% of every dollar supports our conservation mission. Please Join Today! To become involved and learn more about the award-winning programs, including work to engage America’s youth, visit www.WildlifeForever.org.