Aquatic Management Area Acquisition

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Recipient Type: 
State Government
Start Date: 
July 2009
End Date: 
June 2012
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition
Counties Affected: 
Becker, Beltrami, Cass, Goodhue, Hubbard, Otter Tail, Pine, St. Louis, Winona
Project Details:
2010 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subdivision 5(b)
Appropriation Language 

$5,748,000 in fiscal year 2010 is to the commissioner of natural resources to acquire and in fee title and easement to be added to he state aquatic management area system. Acquired land must remain open to hunting and fishing, consistent with the capacity of the land, during the open season, as determined by the commissioner of natural resources. A list of proposed fee title and easement acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan.

Fiscal Year Funding Amount: 
Other Funds Leveraged: 
Direct expenses: 
Administration costs: 
Measurable Outcome(s) 

1,026 acres

Source of Additional Funds: 

RIM-CHM, donations of cash and land value, Game and Fish

Project Overview

This program permanently protected approximately 953 acres (10.3-miles) of lake and warm water stream shoreline through fee title and permanent easement acquisition and secured 73 acres (4.8-miles) of permanent habitat management easements that include angler access.

Project Details

Accomplishment Plan:

Aquatic Management Areas were established to protect, develop, and manage lakes, rivers, streams, and adjacent wetlands and lands that are critical for fish and other aquatic life, for water quality, and for the intrinsic biological value, public fishing, or other compatible outdoor recreational uses. AMAs provide angler or management access; protect fish spawning, rearing, or other unique habitat; protect aquatic wildlife feeding and nesting areas; and protect critical shoreline habitat, among other purposes authorized by Minnesota Statures 86A.05, Subdivision 14.

Guiding Principles

>Conserve critical shoreline habitat for all fish and wildlife species

>Conserve vital fish spawning and rearing areas

>Provide angling and management access corridors on trout and warm-water streams

>Provide non-motorized angler access on lakes and streams

>Preserve examples of healthy shoreline habitats as maps for future restoration of disturbed sites.

Project dollars secured fee title or permanent easements on approximately 525 acres (5.2 miles) of lake warmwater stream shoreline, and leveraged about 427 acres (5.3 miles) of similar acquisition through partner funds. Project dollars also secured 73 acres (4.8 miles) of permanent habitat management easements that include angler access on designated trout streams, primarily in the Southeast and Northeast areas of the state. Overall priority was given to acquiring regionally significant fish and wildlife habitat that will build on existing shoreline habitat and provide angler and hunter access. Acquisitions occurred throughout the state, and depending on priorities, risk of development, and potential partners. Collaborative partnerships were promoted in order to acquire key lands.

County and Township governments were notified by the DNR when acquiring AMA's in their locale. Local support for AMA acquisition is usually substantial, and local groups commonly offer to help raise funds.

Note: Land acquisition for this appropriation incurred professional service expenses that exceeded the approved budget.  During this appropriation, the state of Minnesota changed its billing software system.  The change resulted in significant delays (9 months, July 2011- March 2012) in receiving bills and overspending the professional service budget line without prior authorization.  We have created individual accounting budgets for each line item in approved budgets.  This step and the now operational accounting system will prevent similar issues in the future.

Sources outside of OHF were also used to pay for professional service expenses.  These leveraged dollars are noted in the budget table.

Project Manager

500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul