Hunters, trappers and wildlife watchers in a 12-county area of southwestern Minnesota benefit from the management, habitat and oversight work of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' Talcot Lake Wildlife Management Area staff.
Area Supervisor Judy Markl along with one full-time wildlife professional and 10 seasonal laborers provide the labor and equipment to develop and maintain 329 state Wildlife Management Areas in Rock, Nobles, Pipestone, Murray, Cottonwood, Jackson, Martrin, Watonwan, Redwood, Brown, Lyon and Lincoln counties. They also manage Cottonwood County's 5,262-acre Talcot Lake WMA.
"Our primary goal is to assist four other DNR wildlife offices maintain and improve habitat on nearly 69,000 acres of public land open to hunting, trapping, birding and other uses," said Markl. "We do this with a large fleet of equipment – tractors, dozers, planters, mowers, seed harvesters and more – and by being nimble so that we can be in the right place at the right time to take advantage of weather, water levels and other natural conditions."
A seasonal worker installs a post for a WMA boundary sign.