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Did you know that the League is the second oldest conservation group in the State of Wisconsin? If you are concerned about the future of Dane County’s natural heritage, you will want to attend the Dane County Conservation League’s 21st annual fundraiser banquet. Proceeds from the event support educational scholarships, local DNR wildlife habitat projects, purchase of trout stream bank easements, prairie chicken recovery efforts, the raising of pheasants, and the construction of Blue Bird, Wren, Wood Duck, and Bat Houses





One of the objectives of the League is spelled out in the by-laws as follows: “To cooperate with other environmental agencies, organizations, and/or individuals in meritorious conservation efforts.”  This year the League has taken several actions to fulfill that objective.  




The League has long-supported the Dane County Parks Foundation that provides funds for the purchase and operation of parks and other recreational lands in the county, including hunting and fishing parcels. Earlier this year, a celebration was held to honor Darren Marsh for his many years as Parks Director.  As a tribute to his service, supporters made special contributions to the Foundation.  About $100,000 was raised which included a $5,000 donation from the League.  We are glad that we could be recognized as one of the leading donors for such a cause.




The Prairie Enthusiasts (TPE) organization has owned 570 acres on Highway F south of Blue Mounds for quite some time and this year the opportunity to purchase some adjoining land became available.  The Hanley Farm of 261 acres as well as the Mueller tract of 39 acres went up for sale.  The properties contain unplowed grassland which supports 18 declining and rare plants and animals.  There is also a resurgent pheasant population along with deer and turkey. Hunting is allowed on the property.  In addition, the grasslands help purify the groundwater and it seeps into springs that feed a cold water stream which could be brook trout habitat.  


Total cost of the project is $2.4 million which includes fund raising costs as well as future management costs. The League donated $15,000 to the purchase.  TPE is a 501 (c) 3 organization and is pursuing funding from the Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Fund in addition to U. S. Fish and Wildlife funds and many other private donors.  As of this writing, it is believed that the goal has been met.


This purchase was a rare opportunity to preserve some special land in a rapidly growing area of the Wisconsin.  We hope to have a representative from TPE speak at a future membership meeting to fully explain this very worthwhile project to all DCCL members.  





Earlier this year the League provided about $25,000 to the DNR to use for equipment, supplies and labor at the League’s prairie chicken lands (explained in an earlier newsletter).  A recent report from DNR staff indicated that they had used some of the funds for hiring a contractor for some brush and tree removal, purchasing crawler tracks for use on a John Deere Gator, purchasing herbicide, installing water lines and fencing, renting a heavy-duty mower for brush control, and paying part of the cost of hiring a summer intern.  The intern was Quinn Erdman who sent us a very nice thank-you letter.  He mentioned that he learned how to manage grasslands as well as more basic skills such as operating a chainsaw, a brush sprayer, and tractors.  He is confident that his experiences will aid him in gaining future work in conservation.  








Many thanks to PF for promoting the Conservation Reserve Program in Congress.  As of August, 2.8 million acres have been accepted and 4 million more are available for sign-up by September 30.  The 2018 Farm Bill set a goal of 27 million acres, including those already enrolled.  


PF is also asking Congress to move forward on the Grasslands Act.  The framework requests $350 million annually to create a grants based habitat focused program for all types of grasslands.  If passed, it could have benefits for sustaining the League’s prairie chicken lands.  





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 All Family members are welcome to join in on the fun!!

Pheasants will be given out starting aug 31st.  And Remember you must :

New Go wild DNR Website To Purchase a license, permit or register you kill.

Need a place to hunt this fall? Want to know where the pheasants are stocked each week? or even find a parking lot. check out this great hunting tool.  http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/lands/fflight.html


Membership meeting are starting in September

Board meetings are the third Tuesday of the month at 7:00pm.

Membership meetings are the fourth Tuesday at 7:00pm. With Guest Speaker To discuss farm issues and conservation efforts. Everyone is Welcome to join us.

All Meetings are held at the  Schwoegler Park Town Lanes, 444 Grand Canyon Dr., Madison

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