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By participating in the Native Prairie Tax Exemption Program, Minnesota landowners may qualify for exemption from property taxes on land that is enrolled to preserve native prairie. The program is administered by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MnDNR) in partnership with county tax assessors. Lands eligible for inclusion in the Native Prairie Tax Exemption program must meet the following criteria:
Landowners interested in protecting native prairie on their land must apply with the county assessor, and a representative from the MnDNR will conduct a site visit to “evaluate and certify qualifying acres.” Landowners may reduce property taxes by US$1,000 per 0.4 hectares (1 acre) of enrolled qualifying native prairie lands (MnDNR 2016).
Amount of the Incentive
Reduce property taxes by US$1,000 per 0.4 hectares (1 acre) enrolled