About the District

About the District

The Leopold Wetland Management District is named after Aldo Leopold, who is widely acknowledged as the father of wildlife conservation in America. Leopold is perhaps best known as the author of A Sand County Almanac, a book compiled of essays written on his farm in central Wisconsin. In tribute to his philosophy, the Leopold Wetland Management District is dedicated to preserving, restoring, and enhancing wildlife habitat in Wisconsin for the benefit of present and future generations.  

The district, established in 1993, manages almost 13,500 acres of Waterfowl Production Areas in 17 southeastern Wisconsin counties, covering some of the most important waterfowl areas of Wisconsin. The District also administers 45 conservation easements, totaling 3,000 acres, in 21 eastern Wisconsin counties. Waterfowl Production Areas consist of wetland habitat surrounded by grassland and woodland communities. While Waterfowl Production Areas are managed primarily for ducks and geese, they also provide habitat for a variety of other wildlife species such as grassland birds, pheasants, shorebirds, wading birds, mink, muskrat, wild turkey, and deer. 

The Leopold Wetland Management District is managed as part of a complex that also includes Fox River National Wildlife Refuge, 1,054 acres in Montello, WI; Green Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 1,620 acres; Gravel Island National Wildlife Refuge, 27 acres, located in Lake Michigan near Washington Island, WI; and the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge, 22,000 acres near Mayville, WI. A total of twenty-two staff work to manage wildlife, habitat, and recreational opportunities on these areas within the complex.

Leopold WMD Staff (*main contact)

  Complex Project Leader      Bill_Peterson@fws.gov           920-387-2658 x111

*Deputy Project Leader        Bruce_Luebke@fws.gov          608-742-7100 x16

  Wildlife Biologist                Sadie_Odell@fws.gov             920-387-2658 x114

  Prescribed Fire Specialist   Derek_Casbon@fws.gov          608-742-7100 x18

  Maintenance Mechanic       Robert_Hamilton@fws.gov      608-742-7100 x23


  Federal Wildlife Officer       Adrian_Potwin@fws.gov          920-948-2579 (cell) or                                                                                                                                1-844-NWR-TIPS (1-844-697-8477)       


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
Voice: 608-742-7100
Leopold fax: 608-745-0866
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)

E-mail: Leopold@fws.gov