Dane County makes historic $10M purchase of 160 acres of Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Dane County makes historic $10M purchase of 160 acres of Pheasant Branch Conservancy
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Dane County has purhased 160 acres of property for the Pheasant Branch Conservancy.

The land cost nearly $10 million, which is the largest conservation preservation investment for a property acquisition in the county’s history.

“We are proud to make this historic investment to expand Pheasant Branch Conservancy and do our part to ensure this outdoor recreation destination can be enjoyed for generations to come,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said.

Officials estimated damages to the corridor reached $2.47 million after record-breaking flooding last year.

Parisi said restoration of the property will help the town of Springfield reduce sediment and phosphorus runoff, which would improve water quality within the Pheasant Branch Watershed and positively impact Lake Mendota.

It is estimated that restoring this property to permanent vegetation will reduce more than 550 pounds of phosphorus annually and prevent the runoff of 354,000 cubic feet (or over 2.6 million gallons) of water each year. Roughly one pound of phosphorus can produce up to 500 pounds of algae.

Dane County will seek partnerships with community organizations on the planning and implementation of restoration projects, including prairie development and habitat improvements.

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