Friday, 03 March 2017

It’s Your Water; Your Well

Family using water around the home.

Groundwater is the world’s most extracted natural resource. Find out more about protecting the water the flows beneath your property during National Groundwater Awareness Week March 5-11, 2017. The National Groundwater Association (NGWA) has a set of private well owner tools. If you own a private well, you will want to check out these free resources from siting and  maintenance tips to water testing and financing options.

February 2017

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Help Attract More Bees

Southwest Badger Resource Conservation & Development Council is presenting a series of talks help landowners in Southwestern Wisconsin attract more bees, butterflies, humming birds and other pollinators to their property.

Pollinators and upland wildlife are vital to our economy, food sources and recreational opportunities and their decline is a serious problem. The lack of native prairie plants is contributing to a loss of both pollinators and upland bird species. The good news is it doesn’t matter if you own hundreds of acres or a small yard, you can help encourage pollinators like bees, butterflies and humming birds. This session will teach you about pollinator biology, the link between wildlife and healthy populations of pollinators, prairie establishment and choosing the best seed mix to fit your needs. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind opportunity to improve your land for future generations!

There will be four opportunities landowners to receive expert guidance on pollinator biology and establishing the plants necessary to their survival. The schedule of events is as follows: Friday February 24th from 6-8pm in La Crosse, Tuesday March 7th from 6:30-8:30pm in Baraboo, Wednesday March 8th from 6:00-8:00pm in Richland Center, and Thursday March 9th from 6:00-8:00pm in Prairie du Chien. A registration fee of $12 includes a pollinator information packet and prairie seed pack. To receive more information or reserve your spot contact Brandon Bleuer at Brandon.bleuer@swbadger.org or (309) 738-2607.

Crawford County Workshop Promotional Flyer 3-9-17
Richland County Pollinator Workshop Promotional Flyer 3-8-17
Sauk County Pollinator Workshop Promotional Flyer 3-7-17

January 2017

Wednesday, 04 January 2017

Enter to Win a Free Landowner Conservation Report

Registration is now open for the 2017 Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Landowner Lottery! Enter between January 3 through January 31, 2017 to win. The previous lotteries were so successful that the Bureau of Natural Heritage Conservation is pleased to offer another free lottery this year for private landowners.

Normally, state law requires that such a report would typically cost around $300, but this report is free thanks to private donations to the WI Endangered Resources Fund

Through a Landowner Conservation Report, you can receive information about rare plants and animals found in your area and opportunities to manage for their habitat. In 2016, 100 lottery winners each received a free site visit and a customized report. With this individualized report, you will also get information on common invasive species and other resources to help you manage your land.

Didn’t win in last year? Register again in 2017 with better odds to win!

More information is available on the lottery website or by contacting me at Alex.Wenthe@wisconsin.gov or (608)-267-7758.