The Nature Conservancy originally protected 274 acres in Fillmore and Houston counties. Today known as Rush Creek Woods Wildlife Management Area, the property is owned and managed by Minnesota DNR; an additional 613 acres have been added, bringing the WMA to a total of 887 acres.
The property includes an intermittent stream that flows into Rush Creek, a trout stream near Rushford, Minnesota, as well as oak forest, bluff prairie and savanna along with 14 acres of cropland that will be restored by the state to floodplain forest.
Rush Creek Woods WMA helps connect public land, including nearby state forest and a bluff prairie and savanna owned by the city of Rushford, with private land protected under a conservation easement.
Wildlife including the state-threatened timber rattlesnake along with turkey, ruffed grouse and deer can be found here.
Rush Creek Woods WMA is the first acquisition completed under the Conservancy’s Southeast Minnesota Protection and Restoration Program.