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McLeod County WMA Grassland


This project addresses the limiting factor for pheasants and other game and non-game grassland species; quality nesting and brood rearing cover. In the pheasant range of Minnesota, quality grassland habitat is the limiting factor for higher pheasant populations. The Long Range Pheasant Plan states " pheasant densities increase as the proportion of undisturbed grass in the landscape increases, up to a maximum of about 50% grass". In addition to creating and enhancing grassland habitat, this proposal also addresses a perception that Minnesotans need to manage the public land we have more effectively. It is well documented that wildlife responds better to well managed habitat. Scattered tree removal will significantly enhance the grassland complex on Deutsch East, Crow Wing II, Rich Valley Tract 1, Pebbles, and Kohl's Slough and maximize production of pheasant, waterfowl and other wildlife. These WMA's currently suffer from volunteer invasive woody cover invasion. Grasslands like these over time degrade naturally and periodic management is needed to keep them functioning properly. Each site contains scattered trees within or adjacent to the restored grasslands.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status In Progress

Dates 04/14/2014 - 06/30/2017

Project Manager Eran Sandquist

Grant Recipient Pheasants Forever Inc

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $50,000

Expended $38,296

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

Management Unit(s) State

Habitat(s) Prairie

Activity Type(s) Restoration/Enhancement

Primary County McLeod


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 135 Acres

Measurement 190 Acres