2.5 Miles of Totogatic River Shoreline Turned Over to DNR | Environment
A 259-acre parcel of land in Washburn County, including 2.5 miles of shoreline on the Totogatic River, was formally donated to the Wisconsin DNR in a dedication ceremony Monday.
The Conservation Fund, a national non-profit group, purchased the land from Solar Land Company last year at the request of the The Washburn County Lakes and Rivers Association. A $567,863 grant from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund covered 75 percent of the purchase price, with donations from the Four Cedars Foundation, St. Croix Valley Foundation, McKnight Foundation, government groups, and citizens covering the rest.
The WCLRA had been a key supporter of designating the Totogatic as a state Wild River in 2009.
"The wild Totogatic is recognized by the state for being a truly unique gem, and we are pleased to be able to help WCLRA complete this conservation effort," said Tom Duffus, Vice President of the Midwest region for The Conservation Fund, in a prepared statement. "The protection of this site not only secures a critical section of the river, it also compliments and connects nearby lands protected by the Fund and the Department of Natural Resources in 2010."
The wooded land is located in the Town of Chicog and is between two plots of land the DNR already owned. It will be managed for wildlife habitat, forestry, watershed protection, and recreation. People will be able to hunt, fish, trap, hike, ski, and paddle on the property.