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Prairie Creek Wildlife Management Area Digital Collection

PCWM

About this collection

 

The purpose of this collection is to archive images, video, oral history, data, and documentation related to the history, ecology, and future development of the Prairie Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA). Established in 2014, the Prairie Creek WMA lies one mile west and one mile south of Dennison, MN. It is comprised of land most recently farmed by the Koester family, who moved to Northfield township in 1865 and have lived in the area for five generations.

The 460-acre Prairie Creek WMA features native prairie, which is the most endangered ecosystem in North America.  It also includes Dry Hill Oak Savanna, which is another rapidly vanishing habitat. The Prairie Creek WMA is managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which is working to restore the native prairie and savannah.

 

Credit and contact

Craig Koester generously allowed us to digitize, collect, and make available family images and documents.  Melissa Driscoll (Minnesota DNR) and Kimberly Smith (Carleton College) contributed additional images.  If you have questions about this collection, please contact Kimberly K. Smith, Professor of Environmental Studies and Political Science, or Sarah Calhoun, Reference & Instruction Liaison to Humanities and Digital Scholarship, or Hsianghui Liu-Spencer, Cataloging and Digital Services Librarian, Gould Library, at Carleton College.

Access

The materials in this collection are available for use either because they are in the public domain, have been made available via Creative Commons license, or have no known copyright.

 

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