WMA:

Sartell WMA

Species:

The WMA is managed to provide habitat for furbearers, wetland species, migratory waterfowl, deer, ruffed grouse, American woodcock, and pheasants.

Objectives

This WMA will be managed primarily for wetland wildlife by maintaining a mosaic of wetland and open water habitat types.

Woodland stands will be managed for open forest-dependent wildlife by maintaining existing oak and aspen forest types.

Grasslands will be managed to maintain or improve covertype or convert to brush prairie as needed.

The tamarack swamp will be maintained for wetland and forest dependent species.

Strategies

Prescribed woodland burns and timber sales will be used to maintain woodlands.

Invasive and previously planted trees that rim the south wetland and are in close proximity to upland nesting cover will be removed through prescribed burning and selective removal and herbicide treatment. The south wetland was drawn down during summer 2003 and 2004 to improve habitat conditions for wetland wildlife. Similar water level manipulations will occur periodically in the future to rejuvenate wetland vegetation as needed on this wetland.

This WMA will be monitored for invasive species and control measures implemented as appropriate.

Prescribed burning and/or shearing will be utilized to rejuvenate, maintain, or enhance wetland vegetation.

Grasslands will be burned and seeded to prairie as appropriate.

Additional Comments

Efforts to expand upland nesting cover through both private lands agreements and additions to the WMA will be implemented as opportunities arise, and funding allows. Opportunities to provide private cost-share on food plots will be taken advantage of when funding allows, providing necessary food for wintering pheasants.