Accelerated Wildlife Management Area Acquisition
$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.
Protect in fee 320 acres of wetlands and 414 acres of prairie
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.
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.