Conservation projects in WI receive more than $27,000 in small grants from the Natural Resources Foundation of WI
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The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has awarded $27,311 to 28 applicants through a 2015 C.D. Besadny conservation grant. The C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program awards grants to projects that involve the management and restoration of Wisconsin’s natural resources and/or focus on natural resources education and outreach. The 2015 projects range from a bat monitoring project to supporting stream restoration.
“This year we received many impressive applications, which will support on-the-ground conservation work, as well as projects that get people and communities outside and engaged in nature,” said Caitlin Williamson, Foundation program and development coordinator. “We’re so proud to be able to support our partner organizations through this grassroots approach.”
The grant program provides grants up to $1,000. This year’s local recipients are:
• Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center, Citizen Scientists Conduct Biotic Inventory at Beaver Creek Reserve, Eau Claire County
• Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Natural Resources Internship at Carpenter Nature Center, St. Croix County
• City of New Richmond, A Healthy Hatfield Habitat, St. Croix County
The C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program supports projects in Wisconsin that promote the responsible stewardship of Wisconsin’s natural resources at the local level. Recipients are required to match the grant on a 1:1 basis with funds or in-kind services. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the program, which has now awarded $446,819 to more than 569 organizations in every county in Wisconsin since its inception in 1990. The program is named after former Department of Natural Resources Secretary and Foundation founder C.D. “Buzz” Besadny.
The next round of C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program applications will be announced in April 2016. Learn about the grant programs and read about this year’s winners at http://www.WisConservation.org.