$50,000 will be invested in Dunn and Walworth counties thanks to a successful public-private partnership between WDNR and the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin.

The Cherish Wisconsin Outdoors Fund, a permanent endowment funded through small donations made when patrons purchase a hunting or fishing license or reserve a campsite, made its first disbursement to care for public lands at Tyrone Tract of the Lower Chippewa River State Natural Area as well as .Creek and Clover Valley Fen State Natural Areas.

Both were identified high priority properties for conservation work, for their proximity to major metropolitan areas, and for their popoularity with outdoor enthusiasts.

The funding will be split between the two properties which are home to a wide variety of game, non-game, and Species of Greatest Conservation Need (endangered, threatened, or in decline).

“These projects represent some of the most biodiverse and ecologically significant properties in Wisconsin,” said Ruth Oppedahl, NRF executive director for the Natural Resources Foundation

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Dunn County News editor

Barbara Lyon is the editor of The Dunn County News in Menomonie, WI.

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