Little Nokasippi River Wildlife Management Area

2011 Fiscal Year Funding Amount:
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Recipient Type: 
State Government
In Progress
Start Date: 
July 2010
End Date: 
June 2013
Activity Type: 
Land Acquisition
Counties Affected: 
Crow Wing, Morrison
Project Details:
2011 Fiscal Year
Legal Citation / Subdivision: 
ML 2010, Ch. 361, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 3(c)
Appropriation Language 

$843,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the commissioner of natural resources for acceleration of agency programs and cooperative agreements to acquire interests in land within the boundaries of the Minnesota National Guard Army compatible use buffer(ACUB) program. Of this appropriation, $225,000 is for the Department of Natural Resources to acquire land for wildlife management areas and $618,000 is for an agreement with the Board of Water and Soil Resources to acquire permanent conservation easements. A list of proposed acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan.

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

Protect 170 acres of wetlands, 235 acres of prairies, 481 acres of forests and 634 acres of conservation easements buffering WMA's and a 252 acres addition to a WMA

Source of Additional Funds: 

Federal fee acquisition, easements, in-kind and volunteer from MN National guard, MN DNR, MN BWSR, landowners

Project Overview

This proposal will not only expand an existing WMA by 252 acres for public outdoor recreation (e.g. hunting, fishing, etc.) but it will also protect the viability of the WMA into perpetuity through 634 acres of permanent conservation easements. This proposal focuses on the Little Nokassippi River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) which was established in 2006 complements to the Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program and the support from Crow Wing County and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The WMA is situated within a very critical area of the Camp Ripley ACUB. Similar to military installations, WMAs across the state are impacted negatively by the pressures of development on their boundaries resulting in alterations to their intended land use. WMAs such as the newly established Little Nokasippi River WMA were established for the benefit of public recreation and when restrictions are imposed due to conflicting land use the public use is degraded. This project will ensure compatible land use into perpetuity. Two noteworthy public resources that impacted by the pressures of development include the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge and the Carlos Avery WMA.

Project Details

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