A contractor working with the DNR will be removing undesirable brush and trees on 74-acres of the Swan Lake Wildlife Management Area north of Nicollet beginning next month. The plan is to regenerate a habitat area and recreation for wildlife. The DNR says they’ve had trees and woody-cover encroach on much of the 80-acre parcel over the years, deteriorating the quality of the native prairie habitat. Follow-up plans include treatment of problem species, prescribed burning to invigorate plant growth and possibly some seeding of native prairie plants. Officials say the site is especially important to waterfowl, and that reducing the woody edges around the basins will improve the area’s use for their feeding, resting, bonding, and rearing. The funding for the project comes from the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment approved by Minnesota voters in November 2008.
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