The Prairie Coteau Conservation Region captures the true feel of our prairie heritage perhaps better than any other part of Minnesota. There are still wide-open spaces that have the wind-swept feel of the Great Plains further to the west. Residents prize the rural landscape with a relatively low human population. Many have long family ties to the land and have stayed because of a simpler, more-affordable lifestyle where outdoor recreation remains an important activity. There is also a small-town feeling of belonging, where neighbors are valued. Buffalo Ridge is a reminder of the region’s prairie history although it is now becoming better known for its potential as a major source of wind energy. Some extensive prairie wetlands such as Heron Lake were once legendary among duck hunters, and still support relatively large populations of waterfowl that are a visible part of the seasonal rhythm during Fall and Spring migration.
Region Leader: Jo Pederson, 320-212-8910, email@example.com
Facilitator: Toby Spanier, 507-337-2815, firstname.lastname@example.org
- March 29, 2007 - ECSU Center, Marshall
- April 23, 2007 - ECSU Center, Marshall
- Duane Ninneman, Clean Up our River Environment
- Dan Livdahl, Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District
- Loran Kaardal, Tatanka Bluffs corridor, Inc.
- Mick Meyers, Pipestone Tourism Director
- Kerry Netzke, Area II Minnesota River Basin Projects, Inc.
- Dominic Jones, Cottonwood County Manager
- Eric Petersen, Farmer
- Harvey Noyes, Lyon County Pheasants Forever
- Pauline VanOverbeke, Lincoln County Soil and Water Conservation District
- Randy Markl, Area Wildlife Manager, Department of Natural Resources
- David Benson, Director, Southwest Regional Development Commission
- Jan Voit, Heron Lake Watershed District
- Brian Hicks
- Sunny Ruthchild, Owner, Merryweather Gardens
- Jon Schneider, Ducks Unlimited
- Jill WeberVanDerWal*
- Tony Thompson, Willow Lake Farm
- Sara Hanson, Willow Lake Farm