Local volunteers acquire public land in southern Minnesota

Linde Wildlife Management Area recently expanded with a land acquisition by Pheasants Forever and partners. (Pheasants Forever photo)

WASECA, Minn. – Pheasants Forever and partners have acquired 76 acres in southern Minnesota as an addition to the Linde Wildlife Management Area (WMA), according to a news release from the conservation group.

Spearheaded by the Waseca County Chapter of Pheasants Forever and supported by grant funding from Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund, the newly acquired Hogan WMA will enhance public hunting opportunities in the region while providing significant habitat benefits for pheasants, waterfowl, and other wildlife.

Sold to Pheasants Forever by conservationist landowners Michael and Mary Hogan, the Hogan WMA features 69 acres of diverse native prairie and a seven-acre shallow wetland, providing unique recreational opportunities to Minnesotans and non-residents alike. Located approximately a half-mile from the originally purchased public area, this strategic acquisition provides an opportunity to focus on subsequent land purchases with Linde WMA (119 acres) as a central complex.

Funding for the addition was made possible by the following contributors: Waseca County Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Smiths Mill-Janesville Sportsman’s Club, and the Outdoor Heritage Fund. The property is located on the north side of the road approximately one mile east of Janesville, Minn., on Old U.S. Highway 14.

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