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Enhancing Woodcock Habitat in the MN River Valley


A collaborative effort between state (MN DNR) and federal (USFWS) agencies and nonprofit conservation organizations (Woodcock MN and The Nature Conservancy) will enhance 50 acres of early successional habitat in the Minnesota River Valley. The project will test and demonstrate the ability of biomass markets to subsidize future public and private land management costs. The project will maintain a mosaic of habitats in the floodplain of the Minnesota River and will benefit game and nongame species like American woodcock, ring-necked pheasant, white-tailed deer, blue-winged warbler, willow flycatchers, and field sparrows. By maintaining dense forest cover the project will also reduce overland water flow to the river and improve groundwater infiltration.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 02/18/2011 - 06/30/2014

Project Manager Jim Koehler

Grant Recipient Woodcock Minnesota

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $50,000

Expended $49,722

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

Management Unit(s) State

Habitat(s) FGW

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County Nicollet


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 50 Acres

Measurement 49 Acres

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.