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KCCB Expands The St. Benedict Wildlife Area
December 2019

The Kossuth County Conservation Board (KCCB) recently completed the acquisition of approximately 70 acres in the southeast part of the county for wildlife habitat and outdoor recreation. The tract is located in Section 30 of Prairie Township, about four miles south of Sexton on the east side of County Road P60. This new area connects to the north boundary of the existing St. Benedict Wildlife Area. It was recently accepted into the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) and habitat restoration projects are underway to improve the habitat quality on the area. Several small ponds totaling around 2.5 acres were constructed on the area this past fall. In the spring of 2020, a mix of native grasses/flowers is scheduled to be planted to add diversity to the tract. Once established, the native grasses and wetlands will provide home to a variety of game and non-game species.

Funding for this project came from several sources including an Iowa DNR Wildlife Habitat Stamp Grant, a donation from the Kossuth County Pheasants Forever Chapter, and funding from the KCCB’s REAP and Conservation Reserve Accounts.

This tract is open to the public for fishing, hunting, trapping, bird watching and other compatible activities. A parking area is located on the south side of the property near the existing gravel pits.