DNR board approves acquisition of Burnett County land for Amsterdam Sloughs Wildlife Area

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  1. By Central Office April 8, 2015

    Contact(s): Doug Haag, DNR real estate director, 608-266-2136, or Kevin Harter, DNR Communications, 715-839-3715

    MADISON - The state Natural Resources Board on Wednesday approved the $360,000 purchase of 320 acres of Burnett County land within the Amsterdam Sloughs Wildlife Area.

    The parcel featuring upland grass, marshes, aspen and scrub oak was originally purchased in 2014 for $400,000 from a private landowner by the Friends of Crex, Inc. The Friends of Crex agreed to sell the property for $360,000 and donate the remaining $40,000.

    The acquisition was approved at the board's regular monthly meeting in Madison.

    Located four miles northwest of Siren, the property is open to the public for outdoor recreational use, including fishing, hunting, trapping, hiking and cross country skiing.

    The primary management objective at Amsterdam Sloughs is to restore portions of the original pre-settlement vegetation and the wildlife associated with it. This includes restoring drained wetlands and brush-prairie which grew into a jack pine/oak forest. Management will also focus on maintaining a diversity of forested areas to improve habitat for forest wildlife. This mix of habitat types provides habitat for a wide variety of species.

    Land acquisition for Amsterdam Sloughs began in 1956 and currently totals more than 6,000 acres.

    Development of Amsterdam Sloughs began in 1968 when a dike was constructed to create the 500-acre Black Brook Flowage. Since then, several smaller flowages have been constructed. Seventy-five potholes, averaging 1/10-acre in size, were dug to function as breeding ponds for waterfowl. Several miles of firebreaks were constructed to facilitate prescribed burning which will be used to restore and maintain the native brush-prairie. Several old farm fields were planted with native prairie grasses to provide nesting cover for waterfowl.

    Last Revised: Wednesday, April 08, 2015