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CHIPPEWA FLOWAGE CONSERVATION PROJECT RECEIVES WINGS ACROSS THE AMERICAS AWARD

March 27, 2012

MADISON - An interagency partnership that collaborated to protect more than 18,000 acres of exceptional forest, wetlands and waterways along the Chippewa Flowage has received a 2012 Habitat Management and Partnership Award from Wings Across the Americas.

The Chippewa Flowage Forest Legacy Program offers food and shelter for both migrating and nesting birds, and is one of the few places the public can observe an active heron rookery. In addition to its great value for birds, the flowage supports a world-class fishery for musky and walleye.

Wings Across the Americas (exit DNR) is a program of the U.S. Forest Service that works with a wide range of partners across landscapes in the United States and overseas to conserve birds, bats and butterflies as well as their habitats.

Tony Ferguson, Northeast Area State and Private Forestry Director with the Forest Service, said that the Chippewa Flowage Forest Legacy Program project exemplifies the award ideal -- recognizing the partnership between the Forest Service, the Department of Natural Resources, the nonprofit Trust for Public Land and the Plum Creek Timber Corporation and their collective three-year effort to establish conservation easements that are vital to the region's many species.

"By permanently protecting important forest habitat surrounding the Chippewa Flowage, one of Wisconsin's largest wilderness bodies of water, important ecological, recreational, social, cultural and economic benefits have been preserved for future generations," Ferguson said.

"This project ensures that this land remains intact, protecting wildlife habitat while continuing to produce wood to feed mills that employ many people, both locally and statewide," said DNR Secretary Cathy Stepp. "It also ensures these lands are open to the public for recreation."

DNR Real Estate Director Dick Steffes accepted the award on March 15 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Wings Across the Americas ceremony held in conjunction with the 77th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference. Nicole Potvin and Amy Singh, the Division of Forestry staff who guided this conservation easement through its many steps, will also receive individual awards to commemorate their achievements.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Karin Theophile, US Forest Service - 202 501 5513 or Nicole Potvin - 608-266-2388, Amy Singh, DNR - 608-266-9805 or Kirsten Held - 608-264-6036

Last Revised: Tuesday, March 27, 2012




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