Minnesota Habitat Stakeholder Meetings: Mowing and Haying in State Right of Ways

0a4e50bf-5dab-43f1-a328-a6eba3ad6707 Pheasants Forever members are encouraged to attend upcoming stakeholder meetings during the month of November in regards to mowing and haying legislation on state right of ways. Why are roadsides important for upland birds and other wildlife in Minnesota?
  • In some parts of Minnesota, roadsides account for more than 500,000 acres of grassland habitat and connectivity to larger corridors – an important component of the state’s habitat mosaic.
  • By managing roadsides for habitat, state agencies can save money while benefitting grassland species, including nesting birds and pollinators.
  • In some regions of Minnesota, roadsides account for a large percentage of grassland habitat available for wildlife in specific counties.
  • There is room for roadside haying and mowing in Minnesota provided it’s done in ways that are beneficial for wildlife (For example: delayed mowing/haying dates based on the primary nesting season).
For more information regarding the upcoming stakeholder meetings for mowing and haying in state right of ways or the additional benefits of roadside habitat, contact Eran Sandquist, Minnesota State Coordinator for Pheasants Forever at ESandquist@PheasantsForever.Org or (763) 242-1273.
Informational Listening Sessions for Roadside Habitat
Region Date Time Location
Crookston Oct. 30, 2017 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. University of Minnesota Crookston
Bede Ballroom
2900 University Ave.
Crookston, MN 56716
Marshall Nov. 8, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Marshall Middle School
401 South Saratoga Street
Marshall, MN 56258
St. Cloud
Nov. 9, 2017 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. St Cloud MnDOT Conference Center (MnDOT facility)
Room: Sinclair Lewis Grand
3725 12th St. N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Nov. 14, 2017 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
South Central College
1920 Lee Boulevard
North Mankato, MN 56003
Nov. 15, 2017 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. U of MN Morris Conference Room
Science Auditorium
600 E 4th St
Morris, MN 56267
Nov. 16, 2017 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Arden Hills Training Center (MnDOT facility)
1900 County Road I West
Shoreview, MN 55126

Nov. 20, 2017 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. MnDOT Baxter (MnDOT facility)
East & West Lunchroom
7694 Industrial Park Rd
Baxter, MN 56425-8096