Ducks Unlimited's efforts to improve waterfowl habitat in Wisconsin's famed Horicon Marsh has received a significant boost thanks to the Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation Inc. This Wisconsin philanthropic group has committed $1 million to DU for conservation projects in Horicon Marsh and the surrounding watershed. The foundation gave $500,000 to DU
as an outright gift and has offered an additional $500,000 in the form of a challenge grant to be matched by DU. In total, fundraising for this initiative will reach $1.5 million.
The Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation Inc. has long been a champion of wetlands conservation in Wisconsin. The foundation has contributed to the Ted and Grace Bachhuber Memorial Wetland and Chaya Marsh wetland restoration projects located on Horicon Marsh State Wildlife Area. In addition, the foundation helped make the recently completed Horicon Marsh International Education Center a reality for more than 500,000 visitors annually.
Spanning 32,000 acres, Horicon Marsh is the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States. DU's Horicon Marsh Initiative involves land protection, watershed restoration, invasive species control, and wetland management. In addition to the Bachhuber Foundation, DU partners with individuals, corporations, and state and federal agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to deliver efficient and effective conservation programs across the Wisconsin landscape. Work began this summer on new conservation projects in Horicon Marsh.
"This generous gift from the Ted and Grace Bachhuber Foundation Inc. in support of the Horicon Marsh Initiative will help recapture the former productivity of this treasured wetland," said Jason Hill, regional biologist for DU. "What makes their contributions even more significant is that DU will leverage these funds to have an even greater impact on the landscape. The foundation's gift will provide crucial habitat for wildlife and the people who enjoy the special recreational opportunities offered by this historic Wisconsin natural resource."