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Incentive Programs

Native Prairie Tax Exemption Program

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Country
United States

Region
Minnesota

Land Use / Land Cover
Multiple Categories

Agency Type
State

Target or Affiliated Species or Habitat
Native Prairie

Publication Type
Website/web hub

Original Language
English

Years of Implementation
Ongoing

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:

  • “Never been plowed, cultivated, or reseeded; not severely altered by heavy grazing or herbicides
  • Dominated throughout by native prairie vegetation and no, or limited, tree cover
  • At least 5 native prairie species of grasses or sedges and 12 native prairie wildflower species present
  • Not be in use as pasture (annually hayed tracts may still qualify)
  • Be at least 5 acres [2 hectares] (smaller tracts with important rare species habitat or other significant prairie features may still qualify)” (MnDNR 2016)

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

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