Applications open for $800,000 in Wisconsin DNR grants for wildlife conservation
MADISON, Wis. — Government and nonprofit conservation organizations have until Feb. 5 to apply for grants from more than $800,000 the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will distribute to support wildlife conservation throughout the state.
Money for the grants comes from the sale of turkey, waterfowl and pheasant stamps. The stamp programs have provided wildlife and habitat management opportunities for many years.
Restoration projects include recharging groundwater, storing floodwaters, reducing invasive species and maintaining critical habitat across the state, according to the DNR.
“Hunters and wildlife viewers can be confident their dollars contribute directly to improving wildlife habitat for the enjoyment of hunters and wildlife enthusiasts throughout the state,” said Jason Fleener, the DNR’s wetland habitat specialist.
“The department and conservation partners work together to ensure these dollars are invested efficiently and paired with external grants whenever possible,” Fleener said.
Stamp-funded habitat projects also benefit a multitude of other wildlife and the general public by improving soil and water quality, restoring wetlands and helping to control invasive species in wetlands, grasslands and forests.
Stamp designs come from artists throughout the Badger State who compete to have their artwork featured.
The DNR’s species advisory committees and wildlife management program’s leaders select winning project proposals through a competitive process. Funding will be made available for the winners during the DNR’s 2022-23 biennium, beginning July 1.
Applicants can find eligibility information, project selection criteria, application guidance and other information at the DNR’s website, which also has information on the stamp design contest.