WAUKAU, Wis. – Oct. 24, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited will dedicate a 300-acre wetland restoration project on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Winnebago County’s Uihlein Waterfowl Production Area (WPA). The ceremony will take place in the south parking lot off County Highway M between Waukau and Pickett.
"We’re gathering to dedicate the Island and Elm pools, but this is just the most recent celebration of DU’s ongoing partnership with the James E. Dutton Foundation,” said DU Director of Development Steve Kass. "Their commitment to wetlands conservation is making important changes on Wisconsin’s landscape.”
The James E. Dutton Foundation began supporting DU’s work at Uihlein WPA in 2009. In addition to the foundation, DU’s partnerships with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Leopold Wetland Management District and Great Lakes Coastal Program and the Fox River/Green Way Natural Resources Trustee Council made this celebrated restoration possible.
Uihlein WPA’s 1,926 acres is composed of managed wetlands that support breeding and migrating waterfowl, shorebirds, wading birds and other wetland-dependent wildlife.
"The project we’re dedicating this weekend is a perfect example of the sort of work we do in the Great Lakes,” said Brian Glenzinski, regional biologist for Ducks Unlimited in Wisconsin. "It started with a rigorous topographic survey and engineering design work, and then we moved some dirt to create wetlands that staff can manage easily and productively.”
The dedication program will begin at 11 a.m. Speakers will recognize partners and discuss the importance of Uihlein WPA to the Leopold Wetland Management District.