The Nature Conservancy protected 215 acres in the Ordway Glacial Lakes area of Kandiyohi County. The property includes a mix of native and non-native grasslands, wetlands, agricultural land and a small parcel of forest, all of which will provide an important restoration opportunity to increase native landscapes for the benefit of local wildlife.
This area was determined to be a high-priority conservation area for the Prairie Forest Border Ecoregional Plan, a multi-agency partnership that provides recommendations for protecting, enhancing and restoring Minnesota’s prairie heritage. Restoration plans for this site include fire management which will encourage an increase in native prairie communities, as well as protection and enhancement of wetlands which will improve waterfowl habitat.
Funding for the property was provided by the Outdoor Heritage Fund, which was created under the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment, through an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.
As part of the Ringo Nest Wildlife Management Area (WMA), this site will be open to the public in accordance with Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Management Areas rules.