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 TNC’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.