The Nature Conservancy protected 44 acres in Winona County that have been added to the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area (WMA).
The property includes forestland with red and white oak, maple, basswood, hickory and walnut trees along with a pasture that provides habitat to grassland birds.
Protecting the property will also help the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources more effectively control invasive species at Whitewater WMA and use controlled burns to benefit native plants and wildlife.
The acquisition was completed under the Conservancy’s Southeast Minnesota Protection and Restoration Program.
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.
The addition to Whitewater WMA is open to the public for hiking, photography and bird-watching. The Minnesota State Constitution requires property purchased with Outdoor Heritage Fund dollars to be open to the public taking of fish and game during the open season. Hunting, trapping and fishing is allowed on this property in accordance with DNR Wildlife Management Areas rules published in the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook.
Location: Portions of NW ¼ of Section 2, Whitewater Township, Winona County; 91°59'25"W 44°11’21”N (44.189132° -91.990351°)
Note: Best public access is through the Whitewater Wildlife Management Area.