Prairie Strips and Transmission Corridors

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With more than 600,000 miles of operational transmission lines throughout the U.S., there is a significant opportunity for investments in conservation. By establishing native vegetation in these project corridors, developers and private landowners can add value to the rights of way used by electric transmission infrastructure.

What is a prairie strip?

A prairie strip is a conservation practice that replaces portions of agricultural land with a mix of native grasses and flowers.

Prairie strips are:

  • Between a minimum width of 30 feet and an average maximum width of 120 feet.
  • Placed around or through a farm field, or within a terrace channel.
  • A strip of native vegetation which provides wildlife and pollinator habitat, reduces erosion, and improves water quality.
  • An investment in habitat for wildlife and pollinators, and the conservation of soil and water resources.