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The Start of Something Big
Midwest Region, June 27, 2013
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Ducks Unlimited Southeast Wisconsin Director of Development helping out with some of the dirty work.
Ducks Unlimited Southeast Wisconsin Director of Development helping out with some of the dirty work. - Photo Credit: Mike Engel/USFWS
Partial group photo of work party.
Partial group photo of work party. - Photo Credit: Brian Glenzinski/Ducks Unlimited
Agricultural field with drained wetlands to be restored by Ducks Unlimited and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.
Agricultural field with drained wetlands to be restored by Ducks Unlimited and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. - Photo Credit: Mike Engel/USFWS

Volunteers were enthusiastic with their first opportunity to visit and help at the recently purchased land by Ducks Unlimited for the Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge. Fourteen volunteers and staff from several chapters of Ducks Unlimited, Friends of Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, and staff from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program assembled from several organizations for the first volunteer work party.

Ducks Unlimited purchases an 86-acre parcel within the Hackmatack Refuge boundary north of Genoa City, Wisconsin. Ducks Unlimited plans to restore the parcel to a mix of wetlands, grasslands and savanna and to make it a part of the new Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge.

Volunteers helped clean out two old buildings on the property in preparation for removal. One very large dumpster was filled. Items were sorted for recylcing and proper disposal. A few volunteers found a treasure or two to take home. One will transform lumber into wood duck box houses. The clean up was to prepare the structures for demolition and removal as a training exercise by the local Genoa City Fire Department.

Partners for Fish Wildlife Biologist Mike Engel visited the site for the first time with Ducks Unlimited Biologist Brian Glenzinski. Engel surveyed one of the agricultural fields for wetland restoration. The two organizations will work together to disable drainage tile and remove sediment for wetland habitat. Surrounding areas will be seeded for nesting habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds.

Learn more about Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/hackmatack/

 


DU Press Release for purchase of land in April
http://www.ducks.org/news-media/parcel-acquired-for-wildlife-refuge-on-wisconsin-illinois-border?poe=rss
Contact Info: Michael Engel, 608-221-1206x21, mike_engel@fws.gov



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