Foundation gifts boost Wisconsin conservation efforts

Foundation grants of $1,000 to dozens of community efforts in Wisconsin will boost prairie restoration and shoreline revitalization, wildlife festivals and eco celebrations.

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin in mid-November awarded $28,370 to 30 applicants through the C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program. Projects range from restoring rare and important landscapes to improving understanding of natural resources through mobile technology.

“Using $1,000 or less, each of these 30 grant recipients will help protect critical wildlife habitat, restore native landscapes, connect people to Wisconsin’s natural wonders, and implement many other projects that will have a lasting impact on our natural resources,” said Caitlin Williamson, the foundation’s program and development coordinator.

A sampling of the grant awards:

  • 1000 Islands Environmental Center for Eagle Days on the River in Kaukauna, Outagamie and Calumet counties.
  • City of Superior for International Migratory Bird Day Celebration in Superior and Douglas County.
  • Covenant Harbor for a nature center in Lake Geneva, Walworth County.
  • Driftless Area Land Conservancy for habitat improvement in Dodgeville, Iowa County.
  • Eagle School of Madison for biodiversity surveys in Fitchburg, Dane County.
  • Friends of High Cliff State Park for tree replacement in Sherwood, Calumet County.
  • Friends of Lapham Peak for invasive species removal in Delafield, Waukesha County.
  • Friends of the Bird Sanctuary for the Barrens Festival in Douglas County.
  • Kishwauketoe Nature Conservancy for Kishwauketoe prairie and savanna restoration in Williams Bay, Walworth County.
  • Madison Audubon Society for connecting students with nature in Madison, Dane County.
  • Neighborhood House of Milwaukee for nature center stewardship in Milwaukee County.
  • Northland College for assessing the wildlife on Madeline Island in Ashland County.
  • Upham Woods for shoreline restoration in Wisconsin Dells, Adams, Columbia, Juneau and Sauk counties.
  • UW Arboretum for habitat restoration of Faville Prairie State Natural Area in Madison.
  • Wisconsin Land+Water for Wisconsin Envirothon in Rosholt, Portage County.
  • Allen Centennial Gardens for an Education a la Cart program in Madison, Dane County.

The grants help organizations create new ways to promote conservation in changing times, said Sara Vega, of Allen Centennial Gardens, whose program is intended to teach lessons about pollinators.

Grant recipients must match the award dollar-for-dollar — either with funds or in-kind services. To date, the foundation has awarded more than $475,890.00 to more than 593 projects in every county in Wisconsin since its inception in 1990.

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