Yellow marks the 100-acre area being enrolled into permanent conservation by Steve and Diane Persinger near Austin’s Todd Park, which will get rainbow trout stocked in its creek this spring. The land will remain private property after being restored through the MN CREP program.

Permanent prairie, wetland restoration finalized

Restoring 100 acres of cropland will support future trout stream

Much of the farmland in this Mower SWCD drone photo from March 13, 2020, is part of the Persingers’ MN CREP enrollment into permanent conservation. Todd Park, the City of Austin’s largest park, can be seen in the distance along with the wooded corridor of Wolf Creek, which flows through the Persinger property.
Mower SWCD’s James Fett (left) and Steve Persinger speak to media in August 2019 along Wolf Creek in Austin’s Todd Park. They helped announce the Minnesota DNR’s plans to start stocking rainbow trout in the creek in April 2020.
Rainbow trout
Wolf Creek flows through Todd Park, the City of Austin’s biggest park.

Formed in 2007, CRWD works to reduce flooding and improve water quality on the Cedar River State Water Trail and its tributaries in southern Minnesota.

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