The state of Wisconsin will undertake projects to restore and manage barrens communities and prairie remnants for the benefit of wildlife species in the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway with a $35,676 grant from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.
Barrens communities are present on the broad sandy river terraces of the Lower Wisconsin River and include pine barrens, oak barrens, and sand barrens.
Habitat work on these projects includes mechanical and chemical treatment of invasive trees, brush and herbaceous plants, constructing firebreaks and conducting prescribed burns.
The grant comes from the Natural Resources Foundation’s Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Fund, which was created by the late Paul Brandt, a Department of Natural Resources wildlife manager for 33 years.
For more information, visit the Natural Resources Foundation website at WisConservation.org or call toll-free 1-866-264-4096.
The Wisconsin River flows unimpeded by any man-made structures for 92 miles from the dam at Prairie Du Sac downstream to its mouth at the Mississippi River. Approximately 80,000 acres of land on both sides of the river have been designated as the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway.
source: Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources