February 24, 2015
MADISON - Conservation organizations and units of government have until April 10, 2015 to apply for funds for developing, managing, preserving or restoring habitat for wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl in Wisconsin.
The funds are generated from the sale of Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant or waterfowl stamps, as well as a portion of conservation patron license sales. While stamps are required to hunt these species, many collectors and nature enthusiasts also purchase the stamps to help support wildlife habitat improvement.
"Since their creation, these stamp programs have dedicated millions of dollars to habitat management, research, and outreach benefiting turkeys, pheasants and waterfowl as well as the people who enjoy hunting and viewing them," said Krista McGinley, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist. "Thanks to the availability of these funds, the Department and many partner organizations have accomplished a great deal in habitat and species management in Wisconsin."
Habitat projects typically involve restoration and management of valuable woodland, savanna, grassland and wetland communities.
"Wisconsin residents benefit tremendously from the diverse habitat work funded by the sale of Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamps," said Eddie Shea, DNR assistant wetland habitat specialist. "These types of habitat are valuable not only to hunters, they also provide wildlife viewing opportunities for non-hunters, help maintain and improve water quality and provide necessary habitat for a broad suite of wildlife species."
On average, annual wildlife stamp revenue exceeds $300,000 for pheasant, $750,000 for wild turkey and $550,000 for waterfowl. Through state law, 60 percent of Pheasant Stamp funds are reserved for game farm pheasant production, while one-third of Waterfowl Stamp funds are reserved for habitat projects in Canada, where a significant proportion of Wisconsin's fall ducks are reared.
Funding for successful applicants will be available during the Wisconsin 2016 and 2017 fiscal years, which run from July 1 through June 30.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Wild turkey or pheasant: Krista McGinley, DNR assistant upland wildlife ecologist, 608-261-8458; Waterfowl: Eddie Shea, DNR assistant wetland habitat specialist, 608-261-0775