Providing Technical Assistance to Farmers for Cover Crop and No-Till Practices in Brown County (WI)
Build off the momentum of the Fox Demonstration Farms by providing an opportunity for other farms to try soil health practices (cover crops, no-till planting) on their farm which will significantly reduce the non-point sediment and phosphorus pollutants that impair the Fox River, Bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan. Project will implement Best Management Practices on 1,000 acres of farmland, preventing 290,000 pounds of sediment runoff pollution from entering the watershed annually.
City of Greenfield
Restoring Urban Biodiversity and Riparian Habitat Quality in Honey Creek (WI)
Improve habitat resilience to development and non-point source pollution and enhance and safeguard critical habitat for native species within the headwaters of Honey Creek. Project will protect urban biodiversity and habitat quality through floodplain/riparian wetland restoration, fish passage improvement, main channel re-meandering, in-stream restoration, improved green space and community access.
Increasing Vegetative Green Stormwater Infrastructure Installation in Garden Homes (WI)
Install green stormwater infrastructure including trees, bioswales and rain gardens to reduce stormwater runoff while also providing cooling, improving air quality and providing pollinator habitat in Garden Homes, a highly urbanized neighborhood. Project will plant 100 trees and install vegetative infrastructure to add nearly 9.2 million gallons of stormwater storage annually.
Door County Land Trust
Conserving and Restoring Stony Creek through a Fee Acquisition in Door County (WI)
Protect 1 mile of stream bank on Stony Creek in Door County, WI, by placing a fee acquisition on 43 acres of land on the Kruswick property. Project will preserve habitat for native animals and plants, especially habitat that supports Lake Michigan fisheries and migratory birds, and provide public access to the creek and property for recreational activities such as hiking, fishing, bird watching, hunting and snowshoeing.
Fox-Wolf Watershed Alliance
Expanding Technical Assistance for Regenerative Agriculture Practices in the Fox-Wolf Basin (WI)
Provide training to local land conservation departments throughout the Fox-Wolf Basin in Northeast Wisconsin. Project will implement best management practices for cover crop, no-till, manure management and rotational grazing 6,000 acres of farmland, preventing 1,500 pounds of phosphorus and 450,000 pounds of sediment runoff pollution from entering the watershed annually.
Glacierland Resource Conservation and Development Council
Increasing Technical Assistance to Conserve Grassland Habitat in the Rock River Basin (WI)
Conduct conservation planning and provide technical assistance and education and outreach regarding managed rotational grazing systems to farmers in Wisconsin’s Rock River basin region. Project will implement 85 Best Management Practices on 400 acres of private working lands aimed at decreasing agricultural runoff, improving water quality, increasing wildlife habitat and ecosystem resiliency, as well as improving the livelihoods of local farmers.
Milwaukee Board of School Directors, Milwaukee Public Schools
Implementing Green Infrastructure to Reduce Stormwater Runoff from Schoolyards in Milwaukee (WI)
Support the detailed design, permitting and construction of green infrastructure at five high-need urban schools. Project will: 1) address Milwaukee’s stormwater needs and provide education and outreach with local nonprofit water-focused programming; 2) provide support for the development of outdoor classrooms, enhanced recreational facilities and STEAM curricular connections; and 3) plant 90 stormwater trees with educational signage to identify plantings and build awareness.
Milwaukee Board of School Directors, Milwaukee Public Schools
Designing and Constructing Green Stormwater Infrastructure at Five Milwaukee Public Schools (WI)
Design and construct green stormwater infrastructure at five public schools in Milwaukee to reduce stormwater runoff and engage community youth in environmentally conscious programming. Project will replace asphalt with 26,810 square feet of bioswales, native plantings and other green infrastructure as well as plant more than 100 trees to add 4.3 million gallons of stormwater storage annually.
National Audubon Society
Avian Monitoring and Evaluation for the Sustain our Great Lakes Program (multiple states)
Assist in monitoring NFWF’s impact on migratory shorebirds, waterfowl and marsh-nesting birds for NFWF’s Sustain our Great Lakes Program.
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
Increasing Pollinator Habitat Availability in Prairies and Grasslands (WI)
Restore and improve habitat for the monarch butterfly, regal fritillary, rusty patched bumble bee and other at-risk pollinator species across a network of public and private lands in southwest Wisconsin by collecting and planting native seeds, clearing brush, controlling invasive species, conducting prescribed burns and monitoring pollinators. Project will restore 267 acres and improve 1,570 acres at 12 public sites and host 44 events reaching 340 people.
Ozaukee Washington Land Trust
Restoring Coastal Wetland Habitat for Migratory Birds at the Forest Beach Migratory Preserve (WI)
Improve biodiversity and safeguard coastal habitat by restoring wetlands, planting diverse tree and shrub species, replacing impervious surfaces with native vegetation and controlling invasive plants. Project will restore and enhance 116 acres of permanently protected Lake Michigan shoreline at Forest Beach Migratory Preserve.
Quasimondo Physical Theatre
Increasing Community Resiliency through Green Stormwater Infrastructure in Old North Milwaukee (WI)
Expand green stormwater infrastructure in an underserved Milwaukee community, prevent runoff pollutants from entering Lake Michigan and increase local ecological equity. Project will add 46,000 gallons of stormwater storage annually by installing a native rain garden, bioswales, a stormwater orchard, three permeable pavement mosaics designed by local minority artists, and a green wall.
Sand County Foundation
Fostering Technical Assistance to Advance Regenerative Agriculture in the Lake Michigan Basin (WI)
Integrate a performance-based conservation incentive system, based on quantified environmental outcomes and promoted within farmer networks in existing watershed-based projects, to accelerate the adoption of regenerative agriculture and leverage conservation funding for farmers. Project will assist 25 farmers with whole-farm conservation plans and outcomes modeling on 15,000 acres of new regenerative agriculture practices.
Sand County Foundation
Midpoint Evaluation of NFWF’s Great Lakes Business Plan (multiple states)
Evaluate the success to date of the Great Lakes Business Plan in achieving its dedicated conservation objectives in the areas of streams, coastal wetlands, and water quality. Project will include a review of the ten sub-objectives within these three priority areas, as well as of the sixteen focus areas expected to achieve multiple overlapping outcomes.
Enhancing the Ecological Integrity and Wildlife Use of Sheboygan Marsh (WI)
Improve aquatic and wetland habitat within Sheboygan Marsh and increase public access and educational opportunities. Project will improve up to 400 acres of habitat by restoring marsh and wetland hydrology, improving wildlife habitat, controlling invasive species and developing recreational facilities.
University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Restoring Riparian and Oak Savanna Habitat in the Wequiock Creek Natural Area (WI)
Restore Midwestern oak savanna/wet meadow and riparian forest in a newly acquired natural area along Wequiock Creek, adjacent to the Point au Sable Nature Reserve in lower Green Bay, Wisconsin. Project will control invasive species and restore a native riparian corridor by widening native habitats along a stream corridor adjacent to a natural area with Great Lakes coastal wetlands, hardwood swamp and oak woodland.
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Improving Habitat for Karner Blue Butterfly, Rusty Patched Bumble Bee and Other Pollinators (WI)
Restore or enhance barrens, savannas and grasslands in Wisconsin for Karner blue butterflies, Poweshiek skipperling and rusty patched bumble bees through seed collections, interseeding, prescribed burning, invasive species control and brush control. Project will restore 50 acres and improve 1,100 acres on public lands, collect 100 pounds of milkweed seed, conduct 25 workshops, reach 250 people and create the Pollinator Preservation Initiative for seed collecting.
Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve
Engaging Local Communities in Restoration and Enhancement of Coastal Preserves (WI)
Restore native hardwood and coniferous forests, wetlands and prairie habitats in the Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve and support environmental programming for local school districts. Project will restore or enhance wildlife and migratory bird stopover habitat at a variety of coastal preserve sites.