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Perch Lake WPA Ensures Excellent Waterfowl and Wildlife Habitat.

The Minnesota Valley Trust has purchased 300 acres on Perch Lake in Blue Earth County. Restoration includes major wetland work, planting of diverse grass and prairie seed mix, and installation of a new water control structure to the lake, providing a significant core area for more than 10,000 migrating waterfowl each year.

Jessenland Unit in Sibley County Continues to Expand

To date, the Minnesota Valley Trust has acquired 512 acres in the Minnesota River floodplain for the new Jessenland Unit. Open to public hunting as well as wildlife observation, this land is an integral part of the restoration of the 7,000-acre block of floodplain habitat along the Minnesota River.

Lincoln WPA in Blue Earth County Expanded to 520 Acres

Major wetland restoration is slated for 2010 for this land that is close to over 1,000 other acres of permanently restored habitat. In addition to providing habitat for wildlife, these lands will help improve the water quality in the Watonwan and Minnesota Rivers.

MN Valley Trust is Awarded State and Federal Grants

The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge Trust, Inc. has been awarded several state and federal grants to support and expand the Trust's wildlife habitat acquisition and restoration work.

Working over five year in cooperation with the Habitat Conservation Partnership and Metropolitan Conservation Corridors partnership, the Minnesota Valley Trust has been awarded 12 grants totaling almost $2 million from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. These grants were awarded by the Minnesota Legislature, as recommended by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources. The grants help fund land acquisition projects to expand the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge and Wetland Management District.

The Minnesota Valley Trust also has been awarded seven grants totaling $895,000 through the North American Wetland and Conservation Act. These grants also support the Trust's land acquisition work, as well as habitat restoration on lands acquired.

For more information about this and News, contact the Minnesota Valley Trust.

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