Contact(s): Tim Lizotte, DNR Adopt a Wildlife Area program coordinator, 262-364-7581; Angie Rusch, DNR wildlife technician, 414-303-0111
MADISON - A local chapter of the Pheasants Forever conservation organization is teaming up with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to help manage a major state wildlife area through the Adopt A Wildlife Area program.
The Ozaukee/Washington County Chapter of Pheasants Forever has teamed up to manage Jackson Marsh Wildlife Areas in Washington County.
State wildlife officials says the Adopt a Wildlife Area program provides a positive impact to the environment while giving people of all ages and interests an opportunity to participate in hands-on conservation work.
"If we can show the public that we partner with our state and federal agencies to help preserve what we have got, and help people have a place to recreate and hunt and even just enjoy it, that's part of what we are about," said Jeff Stolen, vice president of the Ozaukee/Washington County Chapter.
Jackson Marsh Wildlife Area is a 2,312 acre property located in eastern Washington County. The property is comprised mostly of forested wetland surrounded by grasslands, croplands, scattered ponds and wetlands, feeder streams, and small woodlots. It is a popular area for waterfowl and deer hunting as well as bird watching and other recreation.
At the first work day, chapter members learned more about chainsaw safety and took part in cutting to aid in habitat work and invasive species control. Moving forward, they will work to improve the landscape for all types of users - including the wildlife that call Jackson Marsh home.
"Several years ago I had a conversation with a colleague about an idea very similar to AWA, so I am happy to see this concept become a reality," said DNR wildlife technician Angie Rusch. "I am very excited to work with the Ozaukee/Washington Chapter of PF and make a difference on the landscape at Jackson marsh."
Adopt a Wildlife Area
Wisconsin State Fisheries Areas, Wildlife Areas, Flowages, Wild Rivers and Riverways provide critical fish and wildlife habitat along with outstanding nature based recreation. Adopt a Wildlife Area Participants receive a first-hand look at how the department uses management goals to maintain thousands of acres of property throughout Wisconsin and play a key role in enhancing wildlife habitat and recreational opportunities for others to enjoy.
Key adoption activities include habitat enhancements, invasive species control, nest box construction, trail and facility maintenance, and more. All safety and maintenance equipment, training, and certification is provided by the department.