New pollinator habitat adds more acres to co-op’s portfolio - Great River Energy

New pollinator habitat adds more acres to co-op’s portfolio

Minnesota Native Landscapes recently planted Great River Energy’s latest pollinator habitat at the Lakefield Junction Station power plant in Trimont, Minnesota.

Approximately 11 acres of land was planted with a mix of butterfly milkweed, black-eyed Susans, little bluestems and other pollinator-friendly species in late October. This space will provide a habitat for pollinators such as birds, bees, butterflies and other wildlife in the near future.

Minnesota Native Landscapes, Great River Energy’s prairie contractor, said the acreage will be converted into a rich landscape of native grasses and wildflowers for an animal nesting, resting and feeding habitat. It will take a few years for the pollinator to become fully mature.

“The native pollinator habitat at Lakefield Junction Station is a great example of Great River Energy’s commitment to sustainability,” said David Ranallo, director of culture, communications and marketing at Great River Energy. “This habitat captures carbon, reduces runoff and snow drifts, and supports species of birds and insects that are critical for the pollination of many agricultural crops. It is a win for the environment, the community and our member-owner cooperatives. We look forward to watching the habitat grow.”

Great River Energy continues to add more acres to its pollinator-friendly portfolio. To date, there are more than 200 acres of native habitat planted at its various locations. Great River Energy and other electric cooperatives are among the many organizations focused on the plight of these pollinators and are working to re-establish their native habitat.

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