Boy Scouts and Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District
Recognized for Conservation Work in Wisconsin
By Tom Kerr
St. Croix Wetland Management District
Wisconsin Congressman Sean Duffy recognized the Boy Scouts of America of the Northern Star Council, Eagle River District, and the Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District with Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition for their service to the community on Conservation Day on the WPA, October 19. Awards were presented by the Congressman’s Deputy District Director Jesse Garza, during the third annual event at the Oak Ridge Waterfowl Production Area.
In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, these two groups have been instrumental in making this three-year-old partnership a success. Conservation Day on the WPA is a field day designed to introduce scouts and local community members to issues related to habitat restoration and invasive species management through field based interpretation and hands on programs.
During the first three years of the event, more than 1,300 volunteers have removed invasive plants from 15-acres of oak savanna and prairie on the Oak Ridge Waterfowl Production Area in St. Croix County. This work helps accomplish the St. Croix Wetland Management District’s goal to restore the prairie, wetlands and oak savanna historically found in the District.
"These groups are very deserving of the Congressional recognition," St. Croix Wetland Management District Manager Tom Kerr, said.
"They helped coordinate this large event, found additional partners and secured community donations to make this event a success. Most importantly, they have encouraged volunteers to help with stewardship of their public lands," said Kerr.
Eagle River District Chair of the Northern Star Council Steve Wojan added that the scouts' willingness to "pay forward" to other generations in a Day of Service is commendable and should be recognized. "We are grateful to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District, the Star Prairie Fish and Game organization and the environmental education students of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and University of Wisconsin-River Falls for their help and assistance in making this Conservation Day on the WPA a success."
The Friends of the St. Croix Wetland Management District were formed just four years ago and, as a community based organization, they have helped promote habitat restoration and education activities in the St. Croix Wetland Management District. President Brian Headlee from the Friends Group accepted the award on behalf of members.
Congressman Duffy's letter to the two organizations stated that, "Volunteers are the heart and soul of this great country and your selfless acts to help fulfill the mission of the St. Croix Wetland Management District are very much appreciated. Your community is a better place because of your hard work."
Learn more about St. Croix Wetland Management District: http://www.fws.gov/refuge/st_croix_wmd/