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PF leads first land acquisition using Outdoors Amendment Funds

September 15, 2009 - Per Peterson
If you're wondering if any money has been used from the November-approved constitutional amendment that puts 3/8ths on 1 percent of sales tax toward the outdoors and arts, wonder no more. A winter Wildlife Management Area in Pipestone County recently became the first project to benefit from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by voters in November. Pheasants Forever last week closed on a 233-acre parcel in Pipestone County using funds from the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Fund. The new 233-acre Dubbledee addition connects to the existing 310-acre Winter Wildlife Management Area (WMA) creating a 543-acre tract. This is the first land acquisition using funds from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by Minnesota voters last November. The acquisition was led by the Pipestone County Chapter of PF, with funding partners in addition to the Outdoors Amendment funds, including: The Nature Conservancy, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, PF's Minnesota Habitat Fund, and the Minnesota DNR. The seller, Al Dubbledee, also donated a portion of the sale. In total, the acquisition was $583,300. The original 310-acre Winter WMA was acquired by the 2005 Build a Wildlife Area campaign. Developed by PF, the Anoka County Chapter of PF, Game Fair, Outdoor News and Gander Mountain in 2003, the Build a Wildlife Area campaign raises funds for the acquisition of public wildlife areas. Through the unique partnership, every dollar raised is tripled through matching grants from the DNR and the USFWS. All acquisitions are then transferred to the DNR or USFWS and are open to the public. "This is the perfect example of the great projects we'll be able to accomplish thanks to Minnesota voters supporting the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment," Ron Leather, PF's Government Grants administrator, said in a news release. "This acquisition is in a very important area for Minnesota wildlife and it connects to another parcel of critical habitat at a time a willing seller was ready."


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