Hamilton County Pheasants Forever treasurer H Madsen and president Mick Chambers recently presented Hamilton County Conservation director Brian Lammers a check for $75,000 toward the purchase of 112 acres north of Webster City. The new wildlife area will be available for public use sometime in spring 2014. The area will be known as Brandrup’s Timber. Mike and Pat Brandrup donated a portion of their property and sold the remainder to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation (INHF) in December, 2012.
The intent of the donation and sale was to have the property become part of the Hamilton County Conservation Board’s wildlife and public use area. Hamilton County Conservation Board received a Wildlife Habitat Stamp Fund grant in July 2013 to help purchase the 112 acres from the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation. Hamilton County Pheasants Forever was the largest local supporter of this project. Other contributions were received from Whitetails Unlimited that included the National Chapter, Eagle Grove Chapter and the Little Wall Lake Chapter. Hamilton County Conservation and the National Wild Turkey Federation also contributed funds toward this land acquisition.
"This is a very unique piece of property" according to director, Brian Lammers. "This property has a very diverse ecosystem that includes native timber, restored prairie, a small wetland and the Boone River. Areas such as this are vital to the protection of our natural resources and this could not be done without the assistance of Pheasants Forever and others".
The area will be managed by the Conservation Board as a wildlife management area and allow public access and hunting. More information on this area will be made available at the upcoming annual Pheasants Forever banquet held on March 31 and on the Hamilton County Conservation website at www.mycountyparks.com/hamilton.