The focal landscape for this project is Central Minnesota. The project totals $4.29 million and the NWTF contributed $766,840.
Improved oak forest habitat is the goal in the Little Falls area of central Minnesota, and a series of grants from Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ Conservation Legacy Grants Program provide funding for this important work. Habitat improvements made on 13,899 acres. Wild turkeys, deer, red-headed woodpeckers, whippoorwills and other rare bird species should benefit. Timber harvest and chemical treatments of invasive buckthorn, red cedar and honeysuckle is under way on the Sartell, Ereaux, McDougall, Sponsa and Buckhorn Lake wildlife management areas. Oak woodlands are being timbered and treated with chemicals to combat invasive prickly ash on the Little Nokasippi River wildlife management area, while prescribed burning is improving habitat for wildlife on the Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge.