Less than one percent of Minnesota’s original prairie habitat exists today, which impacts bees and other pollinator populations. The decline of pollinators is not just a Minnesota problem but a national issue.

National Pollinator Week, June 19-25, is a time to recognize the need for pollinators and raise awareness of their plight due to loss of habitat. In honor of National Pollinator Week, Dakota Electric Association is announcing plans to plant pollinator habitat at local substations and an upcoming solar installation.

Since Dakota Electric substations are located in urban areas, they are surrounded by grass. However, the cooperative is announcing plans to restore natural prairie habitat around a few rural substations as a pilot project.

Prairie Restorations says it may take up to three years to get the landscape habitat fully functioning, but natural benefits will be seen in the first year. 

Reach Reporter Kelsey O'Hara at 507-645-1117.

Reach Editorial Assistant Kelsey at 507-645-1117. Follow her on Twitter @APGKelsey.

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