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Women Connect with the Land and Learn About Conservation
Midwest Region, September 19, 2019
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Maryann Kohlmann describes her rotational grazing system.
Maryann Kohlmann describes her rotational grazing system. - Photo Credit: Fish and Wildlife Service
Workshop participants view the newly constructed Northern Pike spawning marsh.
Workshop participants view the newly constructed Northern Pike spawning marsh. - Photo Credit: Fish and Wildlife Service
Tom Vande Wettering of Vande Wettering Farms discusses the conservation practices they have implemented with workshop participants.
Tom Vande Wettering of Vande Wettering Farms discusses the conservation practices they have implemented with workshop participants. - Photo Credit: Fish and Wildlife Service

This past September, Northeast Wisconsin women landowners and conservation professionals learned about conservation practices at a Women Caring for the Land workshop. The workshop, sponsored by Pheasants Forever, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Wisconsin Farmers Union, and the Lower Fox Demonstration Farms Network, was geared towards women farmers or landowners interested in learning about conservation.

 

The workshop began with a tour of Maryann and Kurt Kohlmann’s farm, where participants shared their connection to the land and learned about the benefits and challenges of rotational grazing. After a potluck lunch and a soil health lesson from NRCS, the women loaded the bus and toured a Northern Pike wetland restoration project. The Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees helped support the project. The next stop was Vande Wettering Farms. As a Lower Fox Demonstration Farm, the Vande Wettering’s have implemented a number of conservation practices, including a wetland restoration with help from the Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. The last stop was a pollinator buffer planting where workshop participants learned how to identify native wildflowers from Service and Pheasant Forever Biologists.

The Women Caring for the Land workshop series was developed by the Women, Food and Agricultural Network. There are about 1 million women farmers in the United States, owning one-third of all farmland. An additional 87 million acres are owned by non-operating women landowners. The workshop series provides an opportunity to connect with women landowners and operators.


Contact Info: Reena Bowman, 920-866-1720, reena_bowman@fws.gov
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