Yucatan Wildlife Management Area

Yucatan WMA, Rushford, Minnesota, September 21, 2017Photo credit: Andy Richter

Located in the Driftless Area, the newly protected Yucatan Wildlife Management Area was formerly operated as a Girl Scout camp. Since its recent closure, the camp's beautiful landscape has been threatened by increased development pressure and the conversion of nearby natural lands to agriculture.

The Trust for Public Land successfully protected these 840 acres in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, so that the Yucatan Wildlife Management Area is now available for everyone to enjoy.

Several rare species call this land home, including the timber rattlesnake and a rare plantain. In addition to providing wildlife habitat and safeguarding water quality, the land is highly valued for public hunting, fishing, hiking, and wildlife viewing in a region with little land publically open for recreation.

Funding was provided from Minnesota's Outdoor Heritage Fund as recommended by the Lessard-Sams Outdoor Heritage Council.

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