How is mowing roadside ditches regulated in Minnesota?
Scott Roemhildt, Minnesota DNR Grassland Programs Coordinator, Division of Fish and Wildlife discusses current ditch-mowing regulations:
The current statute in place (160.23), regulates when and how roadside authorities mow rural roadsides, but it does not impact farmers or landowners. It’s important to know that with the continuing loss of grassland throughout the state, roadsides provide a more important role than ever for grassland species of wildlife. They offer vital nesting habitat for numerous species of songbirds, waterfowl, pheasants and pollinators. They also provide crucial habitat for many species of small mammals. Because of this, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources encourages people not to disturb roadsides from late April through Aug. 1. Mowing, tillage, grazing, spraying or vehicle encroachment during that time will significantly lower production for species that use roadsides for nesting.
More information can be found on the Minnesota DNR's Roadsides for Wildlife website.
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