In 2011, Martin SWCD received funding for the Local Ecotype Project from the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund as recommended by the Legislative – Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR). The project ended in 2014. It was a very exciting three years! The focus of this project was to accelerate the seed availability of declining species for use on restoration projects. One of the main goals was to increase the number of plants and protected populations for each species.
Please contact Martin SWCD at 507-235-6680 if you would like to learn more about this project.
Martin County Park and Natural Area Acquisition
This project will protect the only Lespedeza leptostrachya (Prairie Bush Clover) population that has been identified in Martin County. The prairie remnant also holds the most diverse riparian, mesic and dry hillside prairie habitat remaining in the County. Acquisition of the 10 acre prairie remnant as a County Natural Area will protect it from land use change. Proper management of the remnant and establishing a native buffer around it will help to maintain its native plant diversity. Water quality improvement is a goal to be achieved by planting some of the steepest highly erodible cropland along both sides of a 1/3 mile meandering stream segment to native vegetation, providing a buffer. Making the site available to the public will provide recreation and educational opportunities for nearby schools.