Conservation projects in Wisconsin receive more than $27,000 in small grants from the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin

Salamanders at Mequon

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin has awarded $27,311 to 28 applicants through a 2015 C.D. Besadny conservation grant. The C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program awards grants to projects that involve the management and restoration of Wisconsin’s natural resources and/or focus on natural resources education and outreach. The 2015 projects range from a bat monitoring project to supporting stream restoration.

“This year we received many impressive applications, which will support on the ground conservation work, as well as projects that get people and communities outside and engaged in nature,” said Caitlin Williamson, Foundation program and development coordinator. “We’re so proud to be able to support our partner organizations through this grassroots approach.”

Both grant programs provide grants of up to $1,000. This year’s recipients are:

  • Aldo Leopold Foundation, Aldo Leopold Writing Contest, Sauk County
  • Anderson Park Friends, Invasive Species Removal Project, Dane County
  • Beaver Creek Reserve Citizen Science Center, Citizen Scientists Conduct Biotic Inventory at Beaver Creek Reserve, Eau Claire County
  • Cable Natural History Museum, Northwoods Phenology Interactive Website and Programming, Bayfield County
  • Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Natural Resources Internship at Carpenter Nature Center, St. Croix County
  • City of New Richmond, A Healthy Hatfield Habitat, St. Croix County
  • Clean Lakes Alliance, Rake for the Lake: Urban Leaf Management Initiative, Dane County
  • Devil’s Lake State Park, Using Technology as a Gateway to Nature, Sauk County
  • Friends of Lake Wingra, Lake Wingra Watershed Management Kickoff, Dane County
  • Friends of St. Croix Headwaters, Canoes on Wheels, Douglas County
  • Golden Sands Resource Conservation & Development Council, Central Wisconsin Forest Demonstration Project, Portage County
  • Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful, Outdoor Environmental Education Tables, Milwaukee County
  • Madison Audubon Society, Connecting Students with Neighborhood Nature, Dane County
  • Madison Parks Foundation, Sunday Bird and Nature Walk Program, Dane County
  • Mequon Nature Preserve, Bat Species Monitoring and Public Education, Ozaukee County
  • Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District, Pheasant Branch Environmental Education Center, Dane County
  • Mississippi Valley Conservancy, Kickapoo Bottoms Restoration, La Crosse County
  • Monk Botanical Gardens, StoryWalk to Promote Composting and Awareness of Wisconsin’s Natural Resources, Marathon County
  • Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust, Tools for Guckenberg-Sturm Preserve Restoration, Winnebago County
  • Open Door Bird Sanctuary, Owl Eyes, Door County
  • Southeastern Wisconsin Invasive Species Consortium, Inc., Invasive Species Education Outreach, Milwaukee County
  • Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited, SWTU Stream Keepers Project, Kittleson Creek, Dane County
  • UW-Extension Buffalo County, Dry Bluff Prairie Educational Program, Buffalo County
  • Vernon County Land & Water Conservation Department, “We All Need Trees” Poster and Photo Contest, Vernon County
  • Waukesha County Land Conservancy, Service Learning & Preserve Neighbors Program, Waukesha County
  • Western Great Lakes Bird & Bat Observatory, 100+ Years of Bird Protection: Art Inspiring People to Act, Ozaukee County
  • Wisconsin Association for Environmental Education, Wisconsin Models for Technology Tools in Citizen Science, Portage County
  • Woodland Dunes Nature Center, Restore the Shore High School Workday, Manitowoc County

The C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program supports projects in Wisconsin that promote the responsible stewardship of Wisconsin’s natural resources at the local level. Recipients are required to match the grant on a 1:1 basis with funds or in-kind services. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the program, which has now awarded $446,819 to more than 569 organizations in every county in Wisconsin since its inception in 1990. The program is named after former Department of Natural Resources Secretary and Foundation founder C.D. “Buzz” Besadny.

The next round of C.D. Besadny Conservation Grant Program applications will be announced in April 2016. Learn about the grant programs and read about this year’s winners at

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Photo: Mequon Nature Preserve won a 2014 C.D. Besadny conservation grant to help translocate tiger and blue-spotted salamanders. This year MNP has been awarded the grant for bat monitoring and outreach. (Photo courtesy of Mequon Nature Preserve)

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin provides sustainable funding for Wisconsin’s most imperiled species and public lands, while helping citizens connect with our state’s unique natural places. Learn more at

Lindsay Renick Mayer
Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin
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608-266-3138 (office)
202-422-4671 (cell)