The Conservation Fund has completed the transfer of 24-hundred acres of land in northern Cedar County to the Corps of Engineers. The land includes more than seven miles of Missouri River frontage with islands, backwaters and chutes.
Clint Miller, the Upper Midwest field representative for the Conservation Fund, says the Corps will go in and do restoration work for species like the least tern, the pallid sturgeon, the piping plover and the bald eagle.
Miller says they are willing to partner with the Corps in a number of areas along the Missouri River. He says this is one of 13 sites that’s both large and has the right kind of old back-water habitat in addition to having areas where trees can be planted.
He says it will now be up to the Corps to restore the riverfront and adjacent lowlands. Miller says the land will be opened to public use in the future. The river in the area is part of the Missouri National Recreational River under the National Park Service.
Thanks to Jerry Oster, WNAX, Yankton