Impact on the Ground

Areas eligible to receive Cherish funding include, but are not limited to, projects within Wisconsin’s State Wildlife Areas, State Fishing Areas, State Parks, and State Natural Areas. Projects must address habitat management that benefit a wide variety of species—game, nongame, aquatic and terrestrial.

Historic first grant, September 2017

Marsh grass of parnassus. Photo by WDNR.

Marsh grass of parnassus. Photo by WDNR.

In celebration of Public Lands Day on September 30, 2017, Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund is making its first endowment disbursement. When combined with a generous match from the Wisconsin DNR, a total grant of $50,000 will be split between two important properties:

Bluff Creek and Clover Valley Fen State Natural Areas in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest (Walworth County)

  • 552 acres of ecological restoration of trout streams, open prairie, and sedge meadow by reducing woody brush and invasive plant growth in the oak woodlands via burning, mowing and herbicide application;
  • Enhancing habitat for game species as well as threatened or endangered species, improving fishing opportunities, and increasing accessibility along the Ice Age Trail.

Tyrone Tract of the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area (Dunn County)

  • 180 acres of ecological restoration of native prairies and oak savanna via burning, mowing and herbicide application;
  • Improving habitat for Species of Greatest Conservation Need such as lark sparrow, northern long-eared batts, as well as highly prized game species including white-tailed deer, bear, turkeys, and waterfowl.

Special thanks to our stakeholder group that helped select these important projects: 

Ducks Unlimited
Friends of Wisconsin State Parks
Pheasants Forever
National Wild Turkey Federation
Ruffed Grouse Society
Wisconsin Conservation Congress
Wisconsin Waterfowl Association

The presentation below outlines the 2017 grant projects in more detail. 

You can also CLICK HERE to view the presentation in full-screen mode.