Northeastern Minnesota Sharp-Tailed Grouse Habitat
Pheasants Forever, in cooperation with partners acquired and restored one parcel totaling 1,284.6 acres and enrolled the parcel into the MNDNR WMA system.
Working with numerous partners, Pheasants Forever acquired a strategic 1,284.6 acre parcel of land from a willing seller in Kanabec County. This land has been enrolled into the state Wildlife Management Area (WMA) System and will be protected and managed in perpetuity by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. In addition, the newly acquired WMA will provide public access and recreational opportunities for ALL Minnesotans, so fundamentally important to our outdoor heritage.
The offer to the landowner was based on appraised value and seemed to be competitive with the market at the time. This parcel addressed the loss, degradation and fragmentation of open and brushland habitat within northeastern Minnesota due to natural succession and conversion to other land uses. It has lead to a long term decline in the sharp-tailed grouse population and populations of several other wildlife species that use or depend upon these habitats, causing their listing as species in the greatest conservation need. The parcel was identified in conjunction with DNR wildlife professionals and based on criteria in addition to minimum WMA standards that included: habitat restoration potential, landscape scale significance, presence of significant natural communities, future expansion potential, and multiple benefit analysis.
In total, $1,536,536.52 of Outdoor Heritage Funds were matched with $51,435 of non-state funding to complete this work.