Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, panorama of Lower Chippewa River from a bird's eye view with lush green treetops and a blue sky with wispy gray clouds

Land Trust Protects 364-acres in Dunn County

Land that was formerly slated to be the site of a nuclear power plant is now protected by Landmark Conservancy.

Landmark Conservancy purchased a 364-acre Meridean Barrens property from Xcel Energy, protecting important river and upland habitat in Dunn County. The property is located in Tyrone, an unincorporated community along the Lower Chippewa River.

The project was funded by grants from the North American Wetland Conservation Act and the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program.

“This purchase has been a long time in the making and we are incredibly excited to finally make it happen and announce it to the public,” said Kristin Thompson, Landmark Conservancy Advancement Director.

An Xcel Energy subsidiary, Northern States Power, originally acquired the land in the 1970s as a potential nuclear power plant site. In 2017, Xcel Energy conveyed an adjacent 990-acre property to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The property will be open to the public for hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, cross-country skiing, and wildlife viewing.

This purchase increases Landmark Conservancy’s total acres protected to over 40,000.

Read more in this article by Parker Reed of The Chippewa Herald.

Featured image by Aaron Carlson, 2013.

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