County completes first phase of 390-acre native habitat area

Pheasants Forever member Dale Vinsand (with cap), instructs Dylan Vitzthum on how to prepare to take a pheasant in the field. In an effort to improve pheasant and other game hunting in the area as well as provide a natural hiking area in the county, Humboldt County Conservation recently announced the completion of Phase 1 of the Prairie Creek Wildlife Area project. Read more about it in this week's Humboldt Independent newspaper. Independent file photo.

The Humboldt County Conservation Board met recently for its monthly meeting and discussed completion of Phase 1 of its Prairie Creek property acquisition project in Vernon Township.
Board members Bob Rasmussen, Tate Satern, Mary Miner and Bob Moser were present at the meeting, along with employees Todd Lee and Chris Clarken.
Humboldt County Conservation Director Todd Lee told the Board that the sale of 160 acres from Kent Kiburz to Humboldt County was finalized on Jan. 22, and paperwork delivered to the Humboldt County Recorder’s Office.
The county is purchasing the property for $712,000, with all of the funds coming from grants and donations. No county property tax dollars are being used.
“It’s been a long time in the making and has come about due to the cooperation of a lot of entities,” Lee said.
“This is our biggest project ever and is something that is unprecedented for a county the size of Humboldt.
“There will be huge benefits for outdoor recreation enthusiasts, especially hunters. Eventually, (Humboldt County is already working on Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the project) it will be a 390-acre hunting and wildlife habitat area," the conservation director said. Read more about this story in this week's Humboldt Independent.

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