We are happy to share the good news that last week Groundswell purchased 20 acres of wetlands in southern Columbia County. We are grateful to the Bredeson family for their interest in conservation.
The property lies within the Anderson Waterfowl Production Area (WPA). Anderson is one of thirteen WPAs in Columbia County. These areas spread across 13,000 acres of land and water in Columbia County. They are managed as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System for ducks, geese, and other waterfowl. They also provide important habitat for other wildlife.
This property is open for hunting, fishing, and trapping (subject to applicable Federal and State laws). It is also open to hiking, cross country skiing, and observation. Groundswell will donate the property to the Fish and Wildlife Service for long-term ownership and management.
Funding to purchase the property came from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and Groundswell supporters. Thanks to Ducks Unlimited for its role in securing the federal acquisition funds.