Wisconsin Projects

Click one of the stars on the map below to read more about the state's featured projects. Or click the names of the color-coded Priority Areas in the key to learn more about GLARO's conservation focus. The blue dots represent one or more conservation projects on which DU has worked. Project information comes from annual state Conservation Reports, available in our Resource Library.

Wisconsin by the Numbers (as of 01/01/2010)

  • Total acres conserved: 92,929
  • Technical assistance acres: 74,692
  • Amount spent on projects: $16,986,658

You can find additional statistics on Wisconsin's state fact sheet.

Wisconsin projects map Red Cedar River Chaya Marsh Bloomfield SWA Northwest Wisconsin Eastern Wisconsin Rock River

Meet the Wisconsin Biologist

Jason Hill: Regional Biologist, WIJason Hill has worked for Ducks Unlimited since 2000 and became Wisconsin regional biologist in 2006. Jason started as a DU conservation intern and in 2001 was hired as a program biologist overseeing various conservation programs in Michigan. In 2003, he was promoted to Indiana regional biologist. Jason received his bachelor's and master's degrees in fisheries and wildlife management from Michigan State University, focusing on wetlands and waterfowl. Jason was born and raised in SE Michigan and is an avid sportsman and outdoorsman. Jason and his wife, Alyssa, live north of Ann Arbor, Mich.

Jason Hill

Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Office
1220 Eisenhower Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48108

Ducks Unlimited helps protect wetlands on Red Cedar River

In October 2007, Ducks Unlimited provided funding to the West Wisconsin Land Trust to acquire and permanently protect 100 acres of wetland and upland forested habitat on the Red Cedar River in Dunn County. This property occupies the inside curve of a large bend in the Red Cedar River and contains numerous emergent and forested wetlands that provide quality habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife. The West Wisconsin Land Trust will own and manage the property for low-impact recreational use, including fishing, hunting, hiking and birding. Other contributing partners in this effort include the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, Dunn County Land Conservation, National Wild Turkey Federation, Tainter Menomin Lake Improvement Association Inc., Dunn County Fish and Game, Downsville Sportsman's Club, Menomonie Rifle and Pistol Club, Chippewa Valley Sierra Club, Tainter Lake Sportsmen's Club, Pheasants Forever, Eau Galle Sportsmen's Club, Colfax Sportsmen's Club and Rock Falls Sportsmen's Club.

Red Cedar River habitat protection
Waterfowl habitat permanently protected along the Red Cedar River

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Chaya Marsh Project complete

The enhancement of 310 acres of wetland within Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area in Dodge County is now complete. Krause Excavating, from Markesan, Wis., completed the dike construction and final grading of nearly 12,000 feet of levee and the installation of five new water control structures in November 2007. These improvements will allow the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to manipulate water levels to control invasive cattail and promote the growth of beneficial moist soil plants, which will provide improved habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. Ducks Unlimited engineers provided the survey, design and construction oversight for the project. Chaya Marsh is our third Wisconsin PRIDE project and a dedication is planned for 2008. Funding for this project was provided by Ducks Unlimited, Wisconsin DNR, North American Wetlands Conservation Council, Dr. Charles & Shirley Pechous, Ted & Grace Bachhuber Foundation, Marshall & Ilsley Foundation and the Wisconsin Wildlife Federation.

Chaya Marsh
Recently graded levee and access point to the 310-acre Chaya Marsh at Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area

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Bloomfield State Wildlife Area restoration underway

This wetland project is a cooperative effort between the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, North American Wetlands Conservation Council and Ducks Unlimited to restore 70 acres of quality wetland habitat at Bloomfield State Wildlife Area in Walworth County. Wetland hydrology will be restored and enhanced by plugging existing drainage ditches and through shallow excavations in wetland areas currently choked by invasive plant species. Once complete, the project area will provide waterfowl pair pond sites and brood habitat for maximized production. Other wetland-dependent migratory birds, including songbirds, shorebirds and wading birds, will benefit from the added wetland habitat diversity provided by this project. Ducks Unlimited engineers recently completed a topographic survey and conceptual design and plan to initiate construction in 2008.

Bloomfield SWA
Ditched and drained wetlands to be restored and enhanced at Bloomfield SWA

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