Conservation groups seek grants for habitat area projects
WALWORTH COUNTY Two land conservation organizations have applied for separate 50 percent matching grants from the Knowles-Nelson stewardship program to assist with the purchase of land in Walworth County.
The Kettle Moraine Land Trust has applied for a 50 percent matching grant to assist with the purchase of 7.8 acres in the town of East Troy.
The property is located near Lake Beulah and the Beulah Bog State Natural Area. The property will be left in its natural state and will be open to the public for low-impact recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, trapping, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and nature appreciation.
The Nature Conservancy has applied for a 50 percent matching grant to assist with the purchase of 78.9 acres in the town of Troy.
The property is adjacent to the Lulu Lake State Natural Area The property will be restored to native plant communities and will also be open to the public for low-impact recreational activities, including hunting, trapping, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, bird watching and nature appreciation. There is no water on the property to provide fishing opportunities.
The department’s initial assessment of allowed nature-based outdoor activities for these two grant applications may be downloaded from the stewardship public notice page of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.
Public written comments on the proposed acquisitions can be mailed to Julie Sauer, administrator, Division of Customer and Employee Services, c/o Dan Kaemmerer, community services specialist, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources—Southeast Region, 2300 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Milwaukee, Wis., 53212 or Daniel.Kaemmerer@Wisconsin.gov
Written comments will be accepted through Feb. 22.