The Green Corridor Legacy Program, Phase 2
$1,651,000 in fiscal year 2011 is to the commissioner of natural resources for an agreement with the Redwood Area Communities Foundation to acquire and restore land for purposes allowed under the Minnesota Constitution, article XI, section 15, in Redwood, Renville, Brown, Nicollet, Murray, Lyon, Yellow Medicine, Chippewa, and Cottonwood Counties to be added to the state outdoor recreation system as defined in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 86A. A list of proposed fee title acquisitions must be provided as part of the required accomplishment plan. The commissioner of natural resources must agree in writing to each proposed acquisition. All restorations must comply with subdivision 9, paragraph(b).
A total of 447.51 acres of Prairies to 3 WMA complexes.
Added 164.36 acres to the new Grunflur WMA complex located in Cottonwood County just south of Sanborn MN has protected a wetland structure and a small remnant native prairie parcel and is in close proximity of the Cottonwood River. This tract also protects habitat for upland game and waterfowl. This new WMA now provides greater public access to regional communities like Sanborn to this new outdoor recreational system and has the potential for future development and expansion.
Added 89.5 acres to the Lamberton WMA located in Redwood County northeast of Lamberton MN provides protection to a significant riparian drainage area and expands the existing Lamberton WMA complex. This tract also protects critical wildlife and waterfowl habitats (grasslands) that are usually associated to these types of riparian areas.
Added 193.65 acres to the new Granite Prairie WMA complex located in Renville County northwest of Morton MN. This WMA protects numerous exposed granite outcrops, remnant native prairie, existing and restored hardwood forested areas, several wetland/shallow lake structures, and also protects nearly 1.1 miles of aquatic habitats along the Minnesota River shoreline. Numerous species of game and non-game wildlife inhabit this WMA and also provides water and fishing access to the Minnesota River. This tract is also adjacent to a portion of the Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway transportation system.
While protecting natural resources, wildlife, and aquatic habitats this program also promotes publicly owned natural resource infrastructure (e.g. WMA, AMA, etc)which invigorates local and regional economies by providing public access to outdoor recreation systems. New and/or expanded business opportunities related to outdoor recreational tourism are likely to arise as a direct result of this appropriation and have been advanced and promoted by the Green Corridor Legacy Program.
The Green Corridor Legacy Program - Phase II appropriation protected high quality fish, game, and wildlife habitats by creating complexes or corridors of three (3) new and/or expansions of MN DNR Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) with in the Program area totaling 447.51 acres in fee title.