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)
Refuge Officer John_Below@fws.gov 920-387-2658 x116...Cell 920-948-2579
Complex Project Leader Steve_Lenz@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
Range Tech – Fire Benjamin_Halverson@fws.gov 608-742-7100 x22
Maintenance Mechanic Robert_Hamilton@fws.gov 608-742-7100 x23
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
Leopold fax: 608-745-0866
TTY: 1-800-877-8339 (Federal Relay)
E-mail: Leopold@fws.gov or MidwestNews@fws.gov
Leopold General Brochure