The Prairie Enthusiasts

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Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area

Brochure on the Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area


The 50,000-acre Military Ridge Prairie Heritage Area (MRPHA) has been identified by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) as one of the best opportunities in the state for prairie/grassland conservation on a landscape scale. Due to the area’s importance, there is a formal partnership of over a dozen public and private conservation organizations and agencies focusing resources into the MRPHA in an attempt to maintain and restore prairie and grassland habitat within a matrix of working farmland. The MRPHA currently supports critical habitat for many grassland dependent birds such as western meadowlarks, grasshopper sparrows, Henslow sparrows, dickcissels, bobolinks, northern harriers, and upland sandpipers that have been in decline in recent decades. It is also home to a major concentration of the state-endangered regal fritillary butterfly (Speyeria idalia) which requires large tracts of prairie sod, as well as many other rare and endangered prairie insects and plants.

TPE protected lands within the MRPHA

Shea Prairie
Schurch-Thomson Prairie
Underwood Prairie
A-Z Farm
Erbe Grassland
Goplin Easement
Big Hill Grassland Easement

Additional information on MRPHA is provided by The Nature Conservancy (includes a video)
Learn more about grassland birds.

More information on The Prairie Enthusiasts role in MRPHA will be coming soon!