With National Pollinator Week set for June 18 – 24, motorists are encouraged to check out the progress of the 9-acre prairie outside of the Great River Energy Elk River campus, adjacent to Highway 10. Three years ago, Great River Energy partnered with the City of Elk River, and the Department of Transportation to establish this prairie, now home to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators. Habitats like this capture carbon, minimize runoff and snow drifts, while also saving money by reducing the need for fertilizer, pesticides, and regular watering. It also provides a habitat for numerous species of birds and insects vital for the pollination of many agricultural crops.
Elk River Energy City has already established native prairie landscapes at several sites, including the library, and William H. Houlton Conservation Area, with a goal to implement 100 acres of additional native by 2024.
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