Ducks Unlimited (DU) has assisted in the acquisition of the 30-acre Burr Oak Wetland Area, along the Burr Oak Creek in Mitchell County, Iowa. DU contributed funds for the Mitchell County Conservation Board to purchase the land, The conservation board will own and manage the property.
The tract, which features 11 acres of wetlands, will provide wildlife habitat and public hunting land as part of an overall plan to create additional blocks of habitat and public land in Mitchell County.
“This land provides important habitat for migratory waterfowl such as mallards, Canada geese and wood ducks as well as upland species,” said Roger Pederson, DU manager of conservation programs for Iowa. The tract contains several remnant wetlands which, when restored, can provide excellent waterfowl habitat.
The area is located adjacent to existing county wildlife lands, Markham’s Pond and Nelson Wildlife Paradise. The Mitchell County Conservation Board will manage the property as public wildlife habitat and hunting area. “The tract will become part of an established county wildlife area system that the conservation board routinely inspects and manages,” said Milton Owen, the board’s executive director.
The board, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Habitat Stamp provided the majority of the funds for the projects with additional participation from Pheasants Forever. DU’s contribution came from the annual Young Family Foundation donations made to DU for projects in northeast Iowa.