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It had been on their radar for a while and finally The Nobles County Pheasants Forever Chapter has bought a 147-acre area of land with their partners from numerous local and state agencies.

The land, which cost $852,000 or $5,800 per acre at auction, is the 32nd acquisition which the organization has made and will be used to expand the wildlife habitat corridor in Bigelow Township, south of Worthington, MN.

The land will be officially dedicated at a noon ceremony in October, during the Minnesota Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener.

The Pheasants Forever Chapter have been inquiring about the purchasing of the land for the past half a decade. When the land did come up for sale, the Chapter had a short period of time in which to organize everything.

“When the property came for sale … we had to organize our partners and be able to act within three and a half weeks,” stated Chapter president Scott Tall.

It is estimated that 75% of the land is highly vulnerable, including a wellhead area – an area of land which has not been previously under public ownership.

Survey work on the area, has already initiated a plan, put forward to burn off the corn residue and grass in spring. This will allow the seeding of native grasses and flowers just before the early summer. This project will be completed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources who will become the land manager for the area of land in the coming 12 to 16 months.

What has been slightly different to others areas which have been bought by Pheasants Forever is that all the land will become a Wildlife Management Area. Previous land has either been split up where farmable land has been sold or traded for other land which is marginal.

Have you been involved in any land purchases for pheasant habitat?

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