Nicollet area wildlife
Hunters, trappers and wildlife watchers in a six-county area that stretches from Hutchinson south to the Iowa border benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Nicollet area wildlife staff.
Area Wildlife Supervisor Joe Stangel, three full-time and one part-time staff oversee a work area totaling 2.3 million acres of public and private land within McLeod, Sibley, Nicollet, LeSueur, Blue Earth and Fairbault counties. The area includes 93 state Wildlife Management Areas totaling more than 19,588 acres; 10 designated wildlife lakes totaling 15,400 acres; and seven wildlife refuges totaling 19,470 acres.
At work for you
Nicollet area wildlife staff conduct a prescribed burn.
- Completing 16 prescribed burns on 668 acres of grassland and prairie habitat on area WMAs.
- Restoring, enhancing and managing an additional 1,782 acres of grassland and prairie habitat at 62 sites on area WMAs.
- Controlling noxious weeds on 989 acres spread across 34 WMAs.
- Collaborating with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and other partners to restore 62 acres of wetland habitat on WMAs and managing water levels in four shallow lakes to create 3,744 acres of improved wetland habitat.
- Developing, maintaining or improving 41 user facilities (parking lots, gates, trails, etc.); maintaining 4.7 miles of access road; and posting and maintaining 27 miles of WMA boundaries.
- Through collaboration with conservation partners over the past six years, 30 tracts totaling 2,130 acres have been acquired through Outdoor Heritage Fund habitat funding and have become WMAs in the Nicollet wildlifes's six-county area.