and other organizations with a shared conservation goal
The Friends of Crex partners with other non-profit conservation organizations, including Ducks Unlimited, Whitetails Unlimited and the Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse Society, as well as the St. Croix River Association, the Gaylord Nelson Audubob Society, Friends of the Namekagon Barrens, and the Friends of Douglas County Wildlife Area. See below for more information about these great conservation groups.
The mission of Ducks Unlimited, founded in 1936 by a group of hunter/conservationists, is “to fulfill the annual life cycle needs of North American waterfowl by protecting, enhancing, restoring and managing important wetlands and associated uplands”. The Crex Meadows Chapter of Ducks Unlimited (CMDU) was formed in 1981 in Grantsburg and meets in the Crex Meadows Wildlife Education and Visitor Center.
Over the years, CMDU has raised in excess of $300,000 for waterfowl and wetlands. In turn, Ducks Unlimited has contributed more than twice that amount (over $700,000) for wetland restoration and enhancement projects in the Glacial Lake Grantsburg Wildlife Management Complex (Crex Meadows, Fish Lake, Amsterdam Sloughs, and Danbury wildlife areas).
Members of the CMDU Committee who are also Friends of Crex (FOC) members are Don Anderson, Mike Cole, Jim Evrard, Bob Hanson, and Paul Kooiker. Many other Ducks Unlimited members are also Friends of Crex members.
The Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse Society (WSGS) was born in 1990 and signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the FOC in 2001. This formal document describes levels of cooperation between the two conservation groups. The FOC provides a ‘home’ for the WSGS in the Crex Center and administrative support. In return, the WSGS provides financial compensation to the FOC for that support and other projects.
In one cooperative project, the WSGS partnered with the DNR and the FOC to buy a 170-acre property in the northwest corner of Crex Meadows. The WSGS also provided important political support for the approval of the Crex Meadows acquisition boundary expansion and the acquisition of the 320-acre Plum Creek Timber Company property also in the northwest corner of Crex Meadows. Many WSGS members are also members of the FOC.
The Friends of Crex, Ducks Unlimited, and the Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse Society, have a common goal – the conservation and preservation of wildlife and wildlife habitat in the Glacial Lake Grantsburg Wildlife Complex. And all three groups have many common members. This spirit of cooperative partnership strengthens the conservation movement in the region.
If you are interested in more information on the Wisconsin Sharp-tail Grouse Society or the Crex Meadows Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, you may contact Jim Evrard at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse Society webpage at www.wisharptails.org.
The St. Croix River Association is a non-profit group dedicated to protect and restore the St. Croix River watershed. Members are from both sides of the river, and meet often to discuss issues pertaining to water quality, conservation of adjacent land, and natural and national heritage. They have many activities planned throughout the year for the public, including seminars on conservation, and an annual River Paddle.
The Gaylord Nelson Audubon Chapter mission mirrors that of the National Audubon Society, which is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the Earth’s biological diversity. Gaylord Nelson Audubon serves members in seven northwestern Wisconsin counties, including Burnett and Polk Counties. They lead several field trips each year, and have many speakers lined up all year long at their headquarters in St. Croix Falls.
The Friends of the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area (NBWA) supports the 5,050 acre property located in the northeast corner of Burnett County, northwestern Wisconsin, consisting of two parcels. The NBWA is part of the Northwest Sands Area of northwest Wisconsin, and contains mainly pine barrens community habitat. This community type is globally rare and includes rich and diverse prairie flora and fauna. Two trout streams, Beaver Creek and Clemens Creek, originate from springs on the north unit and flow to the nearby St. Croix River. The surrounding lands are mainly Burnett County Forest and industrial forests owned by Mosinee Paper Company, and contain mostly jack pine, scrub oak, and red pine plantation forests (information borrowed from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website). The NBWA has a strong population of Sharp-tailed Grouse and offer viewing blinds for the public. You can get more information about reserving a blind at their website.
The Friends of Douglas County Wildlife Area, also known as Friends of the Bird Sanctuary, supports The Bird Sanctuary, officially called the Douglas County Wildlife Management Area (DCWMA), which is a 4,000 acre property managed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and leased from Douglas County (except for 994 acres that are state owned). 240 acres of the property were designated the Solon Springs Sharptail Barrens State Natural Area by the DNR in 1968. This is another barrens property and hosts many barrens, marsh and forest species.
A partnership between The Friends of Crex, Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse Society, Friends of the Namekagon Barrens, Friends of the Bird Sanctuary and the St. Croix River Association was formed to develop a plan to connect the Northwest Wisconsin Barrens communities to each other.
You can watch a YouTube Video of the booklet that was created by this partnership here... NW Wisconsin Barrens Book
Founded in 1982, Whitetails Unlimited is a national non-profit conservation organization that has remained true to its mission and has made great strides in the field of conservation. We have gained the reputation of being the nation's premier organization dedicating our resources to the betterment of the white-tailed deer and its environment. Their purpose is to raise funds in support of... (1) educational programs; (2) habitat conservation, and (3) preservation of the hunting tradition for the direct benefit of the white-tailed deer and other wildlife.
Goal I A National educational campaign designed to address and instill in the general public, with emphasis on youth, a basic understanding of practical conservation measures.
Goal II Promote the acquisition, restoration, and management of wildlife habitat.
Goal III Preserve the hunting tradition for future generations.
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