View from a Missisippi River bluff looking down on the river surrounded by green bushes and trees in summer.

Mississippi Valley Conservancy acquires land for wildlife habitat

Mississippi Valley Conservancy recently purchased 44 acres, adding to a contiguous corridor of protected blufflands of more than 1,200 acres.

As reported by staff in the La Crosse Tribune, another prominent bluff in the La Crosse area has now been permanently protected through a land purchase by Mississippi Valley Conservancy. The 44-acre property, located in Medary, adds to a contiguous corridor of over 1,200 acres of protected blufflands.

“This acquisition provides critical protected habitat in this urban area, helping the Bluffland Coalition meet the goal of promoting the success of native species important to the health and value of the blufflands,” said Patrick Wilson, president of the Blufflands Coalition.

Long ago, the property was identified as a priority for conservation and as an area of “continental ecological significance,” providing “exceptional wildlife habitat.”

Funding was provided by the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program and the Paul E. Stry Foundation. 

Staff and volunteers from Mississippi Valley Conservancy will focus on habitat restoration including brush clearing and prescribed burning to provide ideal habitat for local wildlife. The property will be open to the public for hiking and other activities.

Featured image by Joshua Mayer, 2010.

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