City of Port Washington
Implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure Improvements in City of Port Washington (WI)
Provide flood storage and improve water quality through implementation of green infrastructure within the Sauk Creek watershed, Wisconsin. Project will enhance wet meadow habitat by installing vegetative swales and native vegetation, adding nearly 1.5 million gallons of stormwater storage annually.
Crossroads at Big Creek
Transforming a Patchwork of Rural Lands into Wildlife Habitat (WI)
Manage ecological trajectories to transform a patchwork of past rural and agricultural lands into reconnected, thriving, high-quality forest and meadow habitat at Big Creek estuary in Wisconsin. Project will restore 125 acres of habitat, control invasive species, and improve habitat connectivity and resilience.
Improving Shoreline Habitat and Public Accessibility in Downtown Milwaukee (WI)
Improve habitat in downtown Milwaukee, ensuring public accessibility will accompany waterfront development, to improve shoreline habitat. Project will plant 50 trees and restore downtown shoreline habitat to benefit fish, waterfowl, insects, and macroinvertebrates by naturalizing portions of dock walls and providing native vegetation.
Hunger Task Force
Restoring Prairie Habitat and Engaging the Community to Increase Native Wildlife (WI)
Restore prairie habitat along the Root River in Franklin, Wisconsin to increase habitat availability for wildlife, improve habitat connectivity, increase native species competition, decrease runoff and increase critical populations of rusty patched bumble bee and other species. Project will restore 20 acres of prairie 12 of which are crop land being converted back to prairie, and 8 of which will restore remnant prairie habitat.
Lake County Forest Preserve District
Coastal Dune and Swale Habitat (IL, WI)
Maintain and enhance previous restoration efforts through continued, targeted use of the invasive plant strike team to identify, map and eradicate or contain invasive species in Lake County, Illinois and Kenosha County, Wisconsin. Project will restore and retreat 200 acres of high-quality coastal dune and swale habitat which provides habitat for three federally and 63 state-protected species.
Milwaukee Public Schools
Designing and Constructing Green Stormwater Infrastructure on Milwaukee Schoolyards (WI)
Conduct detailed design, permitting and construction of green infrastructure at five Milwaukee schoolyards to address stormwater needs. Project will plant 57 trees, build more than 87,000 acres of greenspace, remove 11,500 acres of impervious surface and add 4 million gallons of stormwater storage annually.
Milwaukee Public Schools
Stormwater Management Green Infrastructure at Milwaukee Schoolyards (WI)
Design and construct green infrastructure projects, including asphalt removal, porous pavement installation, bioswales and rain gardens at five Milwaukee schoolyards on 11 acres to address local stormwater needs. Project will plant 57 trees, engage 2,335 students and 175 teachers in stormwater based curriculum and the development of outdoor classrooms and engage 50 volunteers through site maintenance opportunities.
Neighborhood House of Milwaukee
Building Green Stormwater Infrastructure to Reduce Pollution and Engage Youth in Conservation (WI)
Replace old infrastructure on Milwaukee’s near west side with green infrastructure components focused on conserving and improving water resources and reducing sewer overflows that impact the Menomonee River. Project will add more than 7,000 gallons of stormwater storage with green stormwater infrastructure and use the green infrastructure components as learning tools for an environmental education program.
Enhancing Habitat Restoration Benefits through Invasive Species Management in Ozaukee County (WI)
Support continued improvements to the native local ecology within 14 ecologically diverse Ozaukee County parks, natural areas and environmentally sensitive lands, by controlling aquatic, coastal, and terrestrial invasive vegetation on habitat that was previously restored and treated for invasive species. Project will restore 250 acres through invasive species management, reforestation through native tree and shrub plantings, and stream, wetland and prairie restoration.
Improving Pollinator Habitat Connectivity in the Midwest and Great Lakes Flyway (AR, IL, MI, MN, WI)
Expand a regional seed collection and native plant materials network program in the Midwest and Great Lakes region to support monarch butterflies, rusty patched bumble bees and other declining pollinator species. Project will improve more than 5,000 acres of pollinator habitat, collect 50 pounds of milkweed seed, collect 50 pounds of nectar plant seed, and propagate 2,000 milkweed and 1,000 nectar species seedlings.
Root-Pike Watershed Initiative Network
Restoring Forest-Wetland Habitat for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee (WI)
Restore prairie, woods, and wetland habitat within the Pike River Watershed to benefit populations of the rusty patched bumble bee and other pollinators in Wisconsin. Project will remove invasive species, improve water quality and improve public recreation by restoring nearly 30 acres of habitat.
Restoring Riparian and Wetland Habitat (WI)
Protect and enhance ecological integrity of stream and coastal wetland habitat in the Amsterdam Dunes Preserve on the western shore of Lake Michigan by decreasing bank erosion reducing sediment and nutrient runoff, increasing aquatic and terrestrial habitat availability, restoring hydrologic function and controlling invasive species. Project will restore 21 acres of wetland habitat and 0.35 miles of riparian habitat.
The Prairie Enthusiasts
Engage Landowners in Pollinator Conservation (IA, IL, MN, WI)
Create two landowner-focused staff positions and develop an outreach and technical assistance program in the upper Midwest to implement recovery plans for the monarch butterfly, Karner blue butterfly, and rusty patched bumble bee. Project will identify and engage private working landowners to carry out pollinator habitat restoration and management projects, bringing 3,000 acres under improved management and restoring 2,000 acres of habitat.
Brook Trout Monitoring and Evaluation for Sustain our Great Lakes (multiple states)
Conduct an evaluation to understand brook trout response, including abundance, young of year, multiple life stages, and effective breeders, to the improved access to and quality of habitat. Project will track progress towards the Great Lakes Business Plan stream habitat related goals.
Conservation Assessment of Brook Trout and Planning and Impact Tool Development in the Great Lakes Region (multiple states)
Conduct a broad-scale assessment of existing brook trout population viability within the U.S. portion of the Great Lakes watershed that will build off of and be compatible with the analysis and associated tools developed for NFWF’s Mid-Atlantic/Northeast region. Project will assist NFWF in identifying conservation needs and priority investment areas throughout the basin and associated tools will enable NFWF to develop and measure population-based recovery goals over time across multiple NFWF landscapes, particularly the Northeast and Great Lakes.
Engaging Landowners in Water Quality and Wildlife Habitat Farm Bill Programs (IA, IL, MN, WI)
Restore cold-water streams and watersheds in the Driftless Area, creating habitat practices for fish, shorebirds, amphibians, reptiles and other aquatic biota. Project will improve management on 525 acres, restore 30 miles of stream, prevent 9,000 tons of sediment and 4 tons of nutrient pollution from entering the system annually.
Reconnecting Coldwater Habitat and Monitoring Brook Trout Response (WI)
Replace at least seven barriers to aquatic organism passage in and adjacent to the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, reconnecting at least 30 miles of coldwater habitat. Project will survey brook trout population dynamics and movement at project sites before and after construction and reconnect important brook trout habitat in northern Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan watershed.
Village of Elm Grove
Converting the Underwood Creek Culvert in Elm Grove into an Ecologically Restored Stream (WI)
Convert an enclosed culvert on Underwood Creek in downtown Elm Grove into a bio-engineered channel with natural hydraulic function, improved fish passage and restored riparian habitat. Project will rectify one fish passage barrier to improve stream ecology with the added benefits of increased recreational value and improved stormwater management.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Restoring Ecological Function and Reducing Invasives on State Natural Areas (WI)
Conduct ecological restoration through a combination of prescribed fire, selective tree thinning, brush mowing, invasive species control, and revegetation on high-conservation-value state natural areas and surrounding landscapes in Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan Watershed. Project will restore 1,800 acres on public and private properties to form protective buffers around quality habitats to expand available habitat and habitat diversity, control invasives, and improve connectivity.
Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve
Restoring Riparian and Coastal Wetland Habitat in the Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve (WI)
Restore degraded riparian and coastal wetland habitat in the Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve in Wisconsin. Project will improve 33 acres of habitat by restoring hardwood swamp canopy cover, controlling invasive species and developing a plan for realigning and naturalizing Forget Me Not Creek, a tributary to Lake Michigan.