Prairie City USA®: A Community Restoration Program Making America Beautiful

Posted Monday June 20, 2022 by wf_admin

For Immediate Release
Contact: Dane Huinker:

White Bear Lake, MN – Wildlife Forever is proud to offer Prairie City USA to communities across the country as a model conservation program restoring ecological function to the landscape, beautifying urban and rural cities.

As a certified Prairie City, municipalities adopt and implement best practices for pollinator habitat, carbon sequestration, erosion control, and water quality. Working to integrate native prairie and local ecotype landscapes, Prairie City starts with civic leadership and a commitment to conservation.

“Fergus Falls joined Prairie City USA and quickly realized cost savings through reduced mowing, manpower, and maintenance. These economic savings are in addition to the ecological and esthetic benefits that native plantings contribute to our city,” said Mayor Ben Schierer.

Through a 5-step application, cities can initiate the process toward certification which ranges from Level 1 – 5, depending on the percent of green space they choose to convert to prairie and pollinator habitat. A long-term management plan is provided upon certification to aid in sustaining the quality of the restoration sites over time.

Prairie City USA® helps municipalities and citizens engage and get reconnected with the landscape. Investing in conservation restores a very physical and mental connection to nature that we need now more than ever,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.

Communities interested in joining Prairie City USA® and learning how America the Beautiful Act funding can be used to help your city, visit the website or contact Wildlife Forever at

About Wildlife Forever: Our mission is to conserve America’s outdoor heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 96% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs. Join Today and learn more about the Art of Conservation® Fish Art Contest™ and Songbird Art Contest™, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at