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Creating Firewise Communities in Wisconsin

Living close to nature has its perks - peace and quiet, cool wildlife sightings and easy access to hunting, fishing and hiking. For several decades, we at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been working with our neighbors and partners to make public lands safer and healthier for everyone. Learn about a recent success story in Wisconsin and how you can make your property firewise. Not too far from the capital of Wisconsin is Shoveler’s Sink Waterfowl Production Area, 175 acres of oak savanna, grasslands and wetlands set aside for waterfowl and other wildlife. This protected area is part of Leopold Wetland Management District and is a great place to go birding, hunting or just get outside and go for a walk. Bringing back healthy habitats to the area is a constant fight against non-native and invasive brush species like buckthorn and honeysuckle, as well as spotted knapweed and purple loosestrife. For our neighbors, this battle against invasives can be loud and smokey to say the least. In the case of Shoveler’s Sink, and a lot of the other waterfowl production areas we manage, we take a community approach and see a real benefit to sharing habitat restoration efforts across our boundaries onto the private lands that surround these areas. By bringing our neighbors into the process, we all benefit. For the full story follow the link.

Creating Firewise Communities in Wisconsin
Location & Hours

Location & Hours

The District office is located west of Portage, Wisconsin via State Highway 33, then south 2 miles on Cascade Mountain Road. W10040 Cascade Mountain Road Portage, WI 53901 Phone: 608-742-7100 Office is open Monday-Friday from 7:30 am - 4:00 pm. Waterfowl Production Areas are open daily from dawn to dusk.

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About the Complex

Horicon Leopold Complex

Leopold Wetland Management District is managed as part of the Horicon Leopold Complex.

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About the NWRS

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

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