Nearly 300 acres of public access added in Swift County
Benson, Minn. — Local volunteers from the Swift County Chapter of Pheasants Forever recently partnered with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Minnesota’s Outdoor Heritage Fund to acquire 282 acres of public land in the state’s primary pheasant range, according to a news release.
Now established as a Waterfowl Production Area (WPA), the Hanson WPA addition provides nesting habitat and winter cover for pheasants and other wildlife, while expanding public access opportunities in the Prairie Pothole Region.
The Hanson WPA addition consists of 41 acres of wetland, 197 acres of prairie, and 44 acres of woods supporting a vast array of wildlife including upland birds, waterfowl, grassland songbirds, white-tailed deer, and the eastern wild turkey.
The chapter’s land acquisition efforts now total 982 acres in Swift County, according to the release. The property is located 15 miles northeast of Benson, Minn. From Swift Falls, travel east on 65th Street NE for three miles, turn left onto 130th Avenue NE for one mile, and turn right onto 75th Street NE for a half-mile before reaching the WPA on the north side of road.