Contact(s): Tim Lizotte, DNR Adopt a Wildlife Area program coordinator, 262-364-7581
MADISON -- Wisconsin Waterfowl Association volunteers received valuable training to assist Department of Natural Resources staff with management efforts at Rome Pond Wildlife Area through the Adopt a Wildlife Area program.
As part of the training, volunteers from Jefferson, Waukesha and West Bend received instruction in proper chainsaw use and techniques. Following training, brush and willow removal took place near the north launch of Rome Pond.
"Every volunteer walked away with invaluable instruction and a feeling of great accomplishment helping this state-owned wildlife area." said Mike Alaimo, a WWA member. "The six hours of instruction and continued field training led to the completion of an important project."
Adopt a Wildlife Area provides a positive impact to the environment while giving people of all ages and interests an opportunity to participate in hands-on conservation work. Future improvements at Rome Pond Wildlife Area and other DNR properties are planned as this great partnership continues to grow.
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.dnr.wi.gov, and search keyword "volunteer."