Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and the Dane County Environmental Council announced $26,000 in grant awards for nineteen projects that restore natural areas and promote conservation in Dane County.
“It’s an honor to partner with groups that protect the special places in Dane County so that we can all enjoy them,” said Falk. “Through invasive species removal, oak savanna restoration, and enhancement of our exceptional nature trails, these dedicated conservation groups put the words of Aldo Leopold and Gaylord Nelson into action, and remind us that every day is Earth Day.”
The Dane County Environmental Grants Program awards grants every year to a diverse group of nonprofit community organizations, school districts, and municipalities. All of the projects must take place in Dane County and provide a benefit to Dane County residents. The recipients this year represent the largest group of award winners in the history of the grant program.
Funding for these grants is provided through Falk’s Land and Water Legacy Initiative and generous donations from the MG&E Foundation, Alliant Energy, ATC, and local individuals. Most grant recipients also provide matching funds in order to complete their projects.
The Dane County Environmental Council is a seven-member panel appointed by Falk and approved by the County Board. The Council assists groups in recognizing and protecting natural areas in Dane County and assumes an educational role in the awareness, conservation and protection of the environment.
For more information on the Dane County Environmental Council, visit: http://www.countyofdane.com/commissions/environmentalcouncil or contact Mindy Habecker at Habecker@co.dane.wi.us or 224-3718.
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