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Tuesday, June 25th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

New Wildlife Management Area in Minnesota unveiled just miles from Rochester

An aerial view of the new Moon Valley WMA. Restoration efforts will include converting former agricultural land to wildlife habitat. The land was formerly owned by Leonard T. Moon Farms LLC in southeastern Minnesota. (Photo by Jennifer Busch)

In a land deal that took roughly two years to complete, the new Moon Valley Wildlife Management Area near Rochester is now open for business.
The Nature Conservancy and Trust for Public Land recently donated the 420-acre tract in Olmsted County to the Minnesota DNR. State officials said they hope the new WMA near Byron will spur outdoor recreation among traditional users (hunters, anglers, and trappers), as well as nonconsumptive outdoor recreationists such as birders, hikers, wildlife photographers, and others.

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