Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota Joint Project
Restoring and Protecting Habitat for Species of Greatest Conservation Need in the Driftless Area
Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota have joined forces in a focused effort to restore and protect the habitat and wildlife of the Driftless Area with support from the State Wildlife Grants Competitive (SWGC) program. On both private and public lands, at least 4,750 acres of bluff prairie, oak savanna and woodland habitat will be restored and habitat restoration and management technical support will be provided to private landowners. At least 140 acres of critical habitat will be purchased for permanent protection. The states will also use the funding to conduct surveys for species of greatest conservation and identify an area for biomass-compatible native habitat restoration to demonstrate opportunities for utilizing by-products from restoration efforts. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) selected this partnership for funding through the SWGC program after completing a review of competing proposals from across the country. The federal share of the three-state proposal is $972,000; the non-federal matching share is $783,463.
February 13, 2013