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NRF grants available - proposals due Jan 15

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  • Kearns, Susan (Kelly)
    Besadny Conservation grants from NRF may help you get a project done Employees or partner organizations DNR staff work with that are looking for small grants
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 2, 2004
      NRF grants available - proposals due Jan 15

      Besadny Conservation grants from NRF may help you get a project done
      Employees or partner organizations DNR staff work with that are looking for small grants to help fund useful natural resource projects can apply for 2005 Besadny Conservation Grants from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.

      NRF is especially interested in supporting projects from two counties that have not received Besadny grant support in the past: Clark and Green Lake. The grant application deadline is January 15, 2005.

      Named after former DNR Secretary C.D. "Buzz" Besadny, this grant program provides small matching grants of up to $1,000 to private and public organizations in support of local, small-scale, education and conservation projects that promote the responsible stewardship of Wisconsin's natural resources at the local level. Invasive species control projects are definitely fundable with this program, but they may have to be on state lands or other public lands. Check the website for more details.

      Since the program's beginning, the Natural Resources Foundation has contributed $183,000 to 275 projects in 70 counties throughout Wisconsin.

      Other examples of past Friends group projects on department properties that have received Besadny grant support include:

        • Friends of Devil's Lake State Park - Invasive plant control and litter control
        • Friends of Whitefish Dunes - Brachiopod Trail teacher's guide
        • Friends of the Glacial Drumlin State Trail - Bird houses along the trail
        • Friends of Lake Wissota State Park - Wetland nature trail
        • Friends of High Cliff State Park - Hands-on geology -- Niagara Escarpment resource education trunk

      Examples of other DNR projects that received Besadny grants include:

        • Endangered Resources: Plants Out of Place poster; State Park interpretive theme - "Wisconsin's Most Wanted"
        • Wildlife Management - Marsh Restoration: Hampden Marsh Wildlife Area; "Landscaping for Wildlife" State Fair exhibit
        • Sandhill Outdoor Skills Center: Sandhill video production
        • Pike Chain Fish Crib Project: Pike Lake Chain habitat restoration
        • Chippewa Moraine Ice Age Unit: Self-guided nature trail
        • Red Cedar Trail: Nature education program series
        • Parks & Recreation: "Our Historic Heritage" materials and "Focus on Forests" state park displays
        • Fisheries Management: Tagging perch off Door Co.
        • DNR/UW-Extension, Adopt-A-Waterway Program - Green Bay Sewer District
        • MacKenzie Environmental Education Center: Arboretum re-inventory and guidebook

      Applications for the 2005 C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant cycle are due in the NRF office by January 15, 2005. You may request a Besadny Conservation Grant application by calling (866) 264-4096, or by visiting the NRF Web site at www.nrfwis.org <http://www.nrfwis.org>.

      Questions about the program may be directed to Camille Zanoni, NRF program

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