Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Land Acquisition in Grant County: Conservancy requesting stewardship grant

LANCASTER – The Mississippi Valley Conservancy has applied for a 50 percent matching grant from the Natural Areas Program of the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program to assist with the purchase of 138 acres of land in the Grant County Town of North Lancaster. The US Fish and Wildlife Service will match the grant award.

The property contains endangered native prairie, several springs, and a coldwater creek. The goals are to preserve, protect and restore the prairie and to provide opportunities for low impact outdoor recreation including hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, cross-county skiing and biking, nature study and wildlife observation.

The DNR has made a preliminary determination that the proposed acquisition will not involve significant adverse environmental impacts and neither an environmental assessment nor environmental impact statement will be required for this action. Address public comments on the proposed acquisition to Vance Rayburn, Administrator, Customer and Employee Services Division, care of Stefanie Brouwer, 608- 275-3218, email:

Comments must be received by Feb. 25, 2009.

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