2017 Awardees announced

Three applicants were recently selected for funding to our 2017 SEWISC Assistance Program, which was graciously sponsored by the We Energies Foundation. The on-the-ground invasive species control projects will be conducted in our region over the next few months. Here is a summary of those projects:

Mee Kwon mequonMee-Kwon Park Woods is a 40 acre critical species habitat site recently recommended for an upgrade to a Natural Area of local significance. The Ozaukee County Planning and Parks Department will complete an inventory for new invasive species and implement best management actions to protect and improve the ecology of this important habitat. Department staff will provide the conservation corps team training on local ecology, invasive species and techniques used in invasive species management and habitat restoration.

A second project funds a private landowner to control invasive species on more than 15 acres of environmental corridor in the Mukwonago River watershed. The parcel contains several remnant prairies, a wetland, and oak and hickory wooded areas, and the long-term goal is to restore sustainable pre-settlement natural habitat of native plant communities that will provide food, water, shelter for indigenous species and enhance its usefulness as part of the watershed.

The City of Racine will remove more than 1,000 dying ash trees from the Colonial Park floodplain this winter. Effective restoration will increase storm water infiltration and storage, maintain water quality, and improve habitat for wildlife and people that visit. Weed Out! Racine is assisting with an essential component of this multi-faceted project by removing the invasive plants already present which will allow newly planted native vegetation to thrive.

Thank you to We Energies Foundation for supporting these vital efforts!

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