Cerro Gordo supervisors approve wildlife area land purchase

MASON CITY — The Cerro Gordo County Board of Supervisors this week approved the purchase of about 75 acres of land between the Mallard Marsh and the Prairie Pothole Wildlife Area in the northwestern part of the county.

County Conservation Board executive director Mike Webb says the land was purchased from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation.  “It used to belong to the Seglem family. It’s a 75 acre WRP. It was actually connected to one of our existing wildlife areas, so it was a good fit, and I’d like the board to approve adding this to the County Conservation Board wildlife areas.”

Webb says a number of donors stepped up to purchase the property for the county.   “Funding came from the Iowa Pioneer Pheasants Forever, some other local Pheasants Forever chapters, Wildlife Habitat Stamp grant, and the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, so it was all paid for with outside funding.”

The land will feature 53 acres of restored prairie vegetation, 12 acres of wetlands, seven acres of cool season vegetation, two acres of food plots and a half acre of oak timber that can be used by visitors for hunting, trapping and viewing wildlife.

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