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Friends' Endowment Seeks Gifts to Preserve Cedarburg Bog

The Acorn Fund planted last year by the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog has grown into a full-fledged endowment under the management of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, providing a perpetual source of funding to preserve and nurture the Bog.

Recent gifts and earnings have allowed the Cedarburg Bog Stewardship Fund to grow to $10,658 as of June 30, crossing the endowed fund threshold and becoming one of 58 funds that currently comprise the Wisconsin Conservation Endowment with total assets under management of $3 million.

Not only is the Bog fund professionally managed, donors will have the security of knowing their gift will be protected in a true endowment with the principal preserved in perpetuity to generate support for the work of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Field Station and the Department of Natural Resources, both of which are supported by the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog.

As part of the Wisconsin Conservation Endowment, the Bog's fund also gains regional and statewide visibility through the NRF's publications, website, newsletter articles and media releases. Groups such as the Ozaukee Washington Land Trust, Cedar Grove Ornithological Research Station, Friends of Kohler-Andréa, Friends of Wyalusing and Friends of Pike Lake have created similar endowed funds with the NRF.

Contributions are tax-deductible and can be made by sending a check to the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, Attn: Cedarburg Bog Stewardship Fund, P.O. Box 2317, Madison, WI 53701 or by donating online at https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/Wisconservation

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Sustain Our Great Lakes Program Announces Grants for Great Lakes Restoration - Three to Improve Milwaukee River Watershed

Sustain Our Great Lakes is a public–private partnership coordinated by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and funded by ArcelorMittal (NYSE: MT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Forest Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). A significant portion of program funding is provided by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, a federal program designed to protect, restore and enhance the Great Lakes ecosystem.

Collectively, the 29 new ecological restoration projects to be supported by Sustain Our Great Lakes will:

restore and enhance more than 7,600 acres of wetlands and associated uplandsrestore fish passage and improve habitat along 107 stream milesengage hundreds of private landowners in habitat enhancement

Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District will remove five fish passage barriers along the Menomonee River to improve hydrologic function, aquatic connectivity and habitat along more than 34 stream miles ($400,000)
Ozaukee County will re-connect 2.8 stream miles by remediating eight impediments to fish passage on Mee-Kwon Creek and Kaul Creek in the Milwaukee River watershed ($180,373)
River Revitalization Foundation will stabilize streambank, remove shoreline structures, control invasive species, and restore native riparian habitat on a 3.3-acre site along the Milwaukee River to reduce pollutant loading and improve water quality ($247,489)

Ozaukee Rocks!

For the fifth consecutive year, Ozaukee County has won one of the prestigious Gathering Waters Conservancy Land Conservation Leadership Awards.

2009 - Lynde Uihlein - Conservationist of the Year

2010, Noel Cutright - Conservationist of the Year/ Lifetime of Conservation Achievement

2011 - Ozaukee Washington Land Trust - Land Trust of the Year

2012 - Dale Katsma - Rod Nilstetuen Award for Working Lands Preservation

2013 - Dale Buser and Andrew Struck - Conservationist of the Year.