Accelerated Wildlife Management Area Acquisition

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Outdoor Heritage Fund
Department of Natural Resources
Recipient Type
State Government
Start Date
July 2009
End Date
June 2012
Activity Type
Land Acquisition
Counties Affected
Otter Tail
Legal Citation / Subdivision
ML 2009, Ch. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subdivision 4(a)
Appropriation Language

$2,900,000 in fiscal year 2010 is to the commissioner of natural resources to acquire land for wildlife management areas. A list of proposed fee title acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan.

2010 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Number of full time equivalents funded
Measurable Outcome(s)

Protect in fee 320 acres of wetlands and 414 acres of prairie

Source of Additional Funds

multiple sources

Project Overview

This program protected and restored 734 acres of new wetland wildlife habitat in wetland complexes in Minnesota through fee title acquisition. Title of all lands acquired are held by the State and designated as Wildlife Management Area.

About the Issue

The Minnesota Statewide Conservation and Preservation Plan states that "Habitat fragmentation, degradation and loss are arguably the most important issues facing the conservation and preservation of Minnesota resources. Over 90% of Minnesota's prairie wetlands have been drained or filled, including 1,500 shallow wildlife lakes. Remaining wetlands and shallow lakes are in a degraded state and upland grass buffers have been largely converted to cropland. DNR acquired remaining and restorable wetlands and surrounding uplands in high priority wetland complexes as Wildlife Management Areas. Uplands have been or will be restored to native grassland buffers, wetlands have been or will be enhanced where possible and acquisitions will be developed to make them functional units in the outdoor recreation system. Collaborative partnerships were promoted in order to acquire key lands. DNR received a resolution from the County Board of Commissioners approving WMA acquisitions.

Project Details

Final Report    

Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Street Address
500 Lafayette Road
St. Paul
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