The Nobles County Pheasants Forever Chapter, in partnership with a multitude of local and state agencies, purchased a 147-acre parcel — its 32nd land acquisition — at auction Monday to expand its wildlife habitat corridor in Bigelow Township, south of Worthington
Purchased for $5,800 an acre — or $852,000 for the parcel — from Frederick and Cathleen King and the Richard Long estate, the property contains a wetland and is divided by the Ocheyedan River. It will officially be dedicated in a noon ceremony Oct. 11 during the Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Nobles County.
The property had long been identified by Pheasants Forever, Worthington Public Utilities (WPU) and the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District (OOWD) for acquisition.
“This has been on the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District’s radar for 20 years, and Pheasants Forever has made inquiries for the last four or five years,” said Nobles County Pheasants Forever President Scott Rall.
“When the property came for sale … we had to organize our partners and be able to act within three and a half weeks.”