The public is invited to the dedication of the new addition to Hansen Waterfowl Production Area at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 15. The new 320-acre tract, which includes 185 wetland acres, increases the size of Hansen WPA and allows the wetland areas to be more effectively managed for waterfowl and wildlife habitat.
Ducks Unlimited purchased the site from a willing seller in 2008 with funds from the Nebraska Environmental Trust and Ducks Unlimited supporters. DU and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service collaborated to restore the wetlands and re-seed the upland with native grasses. The USFWS acquired the property from DU’s Wetlands America Trust with Land and Water Conservation funds obtained with the help of former U.S. Senator Ben Nelson.
Waterfowl Production Areas, including Hansen WPA, are publicly owned lands, and are generally open to a variety of outdoor recreation during daylight hours, including wildlife observation, photography, hiking, and hunting during legal hunting seasons.
To reach Hansen WPA from Highway 6 in Sutton, drive 10.5 miles south on Road X. Or, from Shickley, drive 7 miles west on Highway 74, then 1.5 miles north on Road X.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Ducks Unlimited are two of the many partners in the Rainwater Basin Joint Venture, a partnership of government agencies, non-government organizations, and individuals working together to improve and protect habitat in the Rainwater Basin and Nebraska’s mixed-grass prairies. More information is at rwbjv.org