Darrell and Marjorie Amberson recently realized a dream come true: permanently preserving their 79 acres along the north side of the Rush River in Sibley County, a few miles north of Le Seuer.
Their land lies within the Big Woods Ecological Subsection of the state. Historically, the predominant vegetation was hardwood forest, including red oak, sugar maple and American elm. Today, only a small fraction of the “Big Woods” forests remain.
The Amberson's land includes grassland as well; both the hardwood forest and the grassland provides exceptional habitat for many species of wildlife and migratory birds.