BAWA Acquisitions

After the fund raising at Pheasant Fest in January 2007, requests for Build A Wildlife Area funds were reviewed by the Iowa Pheasants Forever Council in July. The following projects received funding.

The first BAWA project selected is in Worth County. Led by Dean Mueller and the Worth County Conservation Board, the Northern Prairie chapter was awarded $10,000 for the 90-acre Mehus addition. This project is in the northeast quarter of the state along the Minnesota border. Added to the Christiansen-Taylor Wildlife Area, this acquisition provides 342 acres of public lands to sportsmen in north central Iowa. WRP funds, Iowa DNR habitat stamp money, and chapter money--along with BAWA funds—helped complete this fine project.

The second project selected is the Miller Marsh area in Webster County. This was a 40-acre public hunting wetland that is now going to be closer to 240 acres of excellent wetland and upland habitat for several species. The Iowa Department of Transportation, CRP& WRP funds, Iowa DNR, Ducks Unlimited, Pocahontas PF, Webster County Soil and Water, Webster County Whitetails Unlimited, Webster County PF, and the Webster County Conservation Board all contributed to this project. All of these partners joined to expand public lands and hunting areas in the heart of an intense agricultural area. The Webster County chapter was awarded $12,000 towards the acquisition of Miller Marsh.