In partnership with the Trust for Public Land and Cannon River Watershed, Great River Greening has ambitious plans to plant a forest northeast of Faribault. The new natural area – called “Sunktokeca Wildlife Management Area (WMA)” – is 200-acres of mostly agricultural with rich pockets of marsh, prairie, and emerging forest. It feeds into the Cannon River, which is a critical tributary to the Mississippi River.
Our goal? To transform Sunktokeca WMA into resilient, abundant wildlife habitat. The natural area is currently closed to the general public, but with a little TLC and support from our donors and volunteers, will soon open to hikers, birdwatchers, sportsmen/sportswomen, and boaters – people like you who want to connect with the outdoors.
What’s going on with Suktokeca WMA?
Given its proximity to the Twin Cities, the community surrounding Sunktokeca WMA is a popular area for residential and commercial development. Although a sign of a strong economy, the booming population creates a huge demand on the area’s natural resources. This depletes important habitat for wildlife, including colonial waterbirds and Blanding’s turtle – two Species of Greatest Conservation Need.
This story is one of many happening across our state – expansive natural areas at risk of degradation, or disappearing entirely, because they can’t withstand our changing demands and landscape.
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Project partners: Trust for Public Land, Cannon River Watershed Partnership, MN DNR