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Friday, February 24, 2017

DNR invites proposals for wetlands restoration

MADISON -- Land trusts, conservation groups and government organizations are encouraged to apply for some $6.4 million available to fund wetland restoration projects.

The money, available from the Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust, may be used to cover all aspects of restoration including land acquisition, site construction and long-term maintenance and monitoring. The wetland conservation trust program was created in 2014 as an additional method of wetland mitigation for Wisconsin by allowing the purchase of wetland mitigation credits specified by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and DNR wetland permits.

The program then uses the funds generated from these credit sales to implement wetland restoration projects to help offset the wetland impacts resulting from DNR wetland permit approvals. The funds are awarded to applicants through a competitive request for proposal process to implement wetland restoration projects.

"We look forward to working with conservation groups and others to accomplish important restoration projects," said Josh Brown, wetland in-lieu fee program coordinator for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. "We anticipate a number of well-thought-out, competitive proposals for this second round of funding."

Proposals for the current round of funding may be submitted through April 28. The program issued its first call for proposals last year and funded five projects totaling approximately $4.9 million to conduct wetland restoration efforts on more than 250 acres statewide. Work on those projects will get underway this year.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Brown at 608-266-1902, JoshuaA.Brown@wisconsin.gov, to discuss prospective projects. Additional information can be found by visiting dnr.wi.gov and searching "Wisconsin Wetland Conservation Trust." 

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