EPA will fund two local projects to fight invasive species
The Milwaukee County Parks Department and the Friends of the Cedarburg Bog are among the federal grant recipients
Two Milwaukee-area projects have won grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency to combat invasive species.
“These Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants will be used to target aquatic and terrestrial invasive species in the Great Lakes basin,” said Region 5 Administrator/ Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman. “The projects will also help to prevent the introduction of new invasive species that pose significant risks to the Great Lakes ecosystem.”
The local recipients are:
Milwaukee County Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture will receive $635,000 to collaborate with the Milwaukee Conservation Leadership Corps/Student Conservation Association, the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps, the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute to remove plant invasive species from 32 ecologically diverse natural areas encompassing 1,300 acres of critical wildlife habitat in the Lake Michigan basin.The project will also provide educational opportunities for students in grades 6-12 and for college students.
Friends of the Cedarburg Bog will receive $197,119 to control buckthorn in over 600 acres of the Cedarburg Bog near Milwaukee. The bog is an example of the high-quality wetland communities — once common to the southern Lake Michigan watershed –which are now threatened by a growing population of invasive glossy buckthorn.
For more information about the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, visit www.glri.us.