Free road signs available to rural residents
Rural residents can show their concern for wildlife by displaying a “Roadsides for Wildlife” sign available from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regional office in New Ulm.
Roadsides provide valuable wildlife nesting habitat, especially during the peak nesting season of May, June and July. Rural residents are urged to delay mowing and other disturbance along roadside ditch bottoms and backslopes until after Aug. 1. Road authorities mow the first eight feet for safety reasons.
Signs will be distributed free while supplies last. They are to be placed on private property along grass roadside cover managed for wildlife. Signs are to be mounted on a post or private fence.
They are not to be within any portion of the road right-of-way including the roadside ditch or on any fence owned by the road authority. The sign notifies passersby that the roadside is left undisturbed for nesting wildlife such as pheasant, gray partridge, waterfowl and grassland songbirds.
The aluminum, yellow signs are 10½ inches by 13½ inches with black letters. They depict a meadowlark, prairie grasses and wildflowers with the message “Roadsides for Wildlife – No Unauthorized Mowing, Spraying, Haying, ATV Operation or Wildflower Collection.” Landowners are responsible for mounting the signs on a post or private fence.
A second sign is available to landowners who have native prairie growing in their roadsides. Native prairie remnants along roadsides are becoming quite rare in Minnesota.
These signs are similar in size and format but say “Native Prairie” along the top. A third sign is available for people who have planted native prairie plants in their roadsides and want the new plantings protected. These signs say “Prairie Planting.” All three signs list the Minnesota statutes that apply.
Contact Larinda.Burg@dnr.state.mn.us or 507-359-6035 for signs, or contact the DNR Regional Office at 261 Highway 15 South, New Ulm, MN 56073-8915.