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Calcareous Fen Habitat Protection


The 126 acres to be permanently protected through this grant contain a remnant calcareous fen, one of the rarest types of wetland in the United States. Located northwest of Redwood Falls in the Minnesota River Valley, this excellent wetland site includes five species of state-listed rare plants and important wildlife habitat. According to the Minnesota DNR Fact sheet on Calcareous Fens, "Calcareous fens are rare and distinctive wetlands characterized by a substrate of non-acidic peat and are dependent on a constant supply of cold, oxygen-poor groundwater rich in calcium and magnesium bicarbonates". With only two calcareous fens still in existence in Redwood County, it is essential to permanently protect and maintain the remaining habitat. Through a combined effort of three local landowners, the Redwood Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR)we are submitting a grant for a perpetual Re-invest in Minnesota (RIM) easement.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 02/01/2011 - 06/30/2014

Project Manager Judy Schulte

Grant Recipient Redwood SWCD

Grant Recipient Type Local/Regional Government Unit

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $242,658

Expended $242,658

Statutory Reference M.L. 2016, Chp. 172, Art. 1, Sec. 2, Subd. 5(K)

Management Unit(s) Private

Habitat(s) Wetland

Activity Type(s) Acquisition

Primary County Redwood


Latest Indicator Number of acres protected

Target 126

Measurement 126

Target Summary FY11 Grantees have until June 30, 2014 to complete their projects. Overall, CPL grantees are on track to meet their target # of acres and in some cases exceed those acres.