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Wachter and Peterson WMA Tree Removal


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. Grove and scattered tree removal will significantly enhance the grassland complex on the John Erickson and Wachter WMA's and maximize production of pheasant, waterfowl and other wildlife. Grasslands, over time, degrade naturally and periodic management is needed to keep them functioning properly.

Program Conservation Partners Legacy Grant Program

Status Completed

Dates 05/13/2014 - 06/30/2016

Project Manager Chad Bloom

Grant Recipient Pheasants Forever Inc

Grant Recipient Type Non-Profit Business/Entity

Primary Funding Source(s) Outdoor Heritage Fund

Grant Amount $48,375

Expended $48,375

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 Nobles


Latest Indicator Number of acres enhanced

Target 560 Acres

Measurement 560 Acres