White River Protection Project

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The Bayfield Regional Conservancy, Trout Unlimited Wisconsin Wild Rivers Chapter, and Friends of the White River are partnering to protect 80 acres on the White River. You can help.

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White River Protection Project

  1. 1. 80 acres of vulnerable land along the White River in the Town of Delta recently went up for sale. June 2009
  2. 2. Including 2000 feet of shoreline
  3. 3. “The last thing we all want to see is a string of condos or cottages along this stretch of the White” -Bill Heart, Council Chair of Wisconsin Trout Unlimited, Chair of Friends of the White River
  4. 4. The Bayfield Regional Conservancy, Trout Unlimited’s Wild Rivers Chapter, and the Friends of the White River are working together to buy the property and protect it for wildlife and recreation.
  5. 5. Why protect the White River?
  6. 6. Traversing one of Wisconsin's largest wetlands, the 10,000 acre Bibon Marsh, the White River is exceptionally pristine and diverse.
  7. 7. "Trout anglers often speak of the White in almost reverent tones because it harkens back to a day when Wisconsin was on the country's frontier." - Stephen Born in Exploring Wisconsin Trout Streams
  8. 8. Harboring high quality aquatic habitat, the White River’s 60 miles of flow includes: • 44 miles of DNR classified Outstanding or Exceptional Resource Waters • 20 miles of Class 1 Trout Waters.
  9. 9. White River Watershed’s many habitats are home to rare and threatened species
  10. 10. Some of the White River’s many habitats include: •Boreal Forest, •Shrub Carr, •Tamarack Swamp, •Northern Sedge Meadow, •Northern Wet Forest, •Emergent Marsh, •Northern Hardwood Swamp, •Coldwater Streams, •Alder Thicket, •Northern Dry Forest
  11. 11. 55 species of Conservation Concern, 18 of which are of Greatest Need for Conservation in Wisconsin, are found here including…
  12. 12. American Martens
  13. 13. Water shrew Pygmy shrew
  14. 14. Red-shouldered Hawks
  15. 15. Imperiled Songbirds Canada warbler Cerulean warbler Connecticut warbler
  16. 16. Why these 80 acres?
  17. 17. They include 2000 feet of shoreline on both sides of the River They are on the edge of the great Bibon Marsh
  18. 18. They include highly developable, cleared upland all the way to the River Their 2000 feet of shoreline habitat can be restored
  19. 19. They will be open for low impact public use
  20. 20. They are adjacent to a Wisconsin DNR fisheries area. When State funds become available the DNR intends to buy them from us. Public access will continue.
  21. 21. What can you do?
  22. 22. Help us protect this property now for wildlife and recreation Friends of the White River The Bayfield Regional Conservancy Protecting Land in the Lake Superior Basin and Beyond
  23. 23. Donate to the Bayfield Regional Conservancy’s White River Protection Fund Go to www.brcland.org and click on Donations then email brc@brcland.org to dedicate your gift to the White River
  24. 24. Those who give $5,000 and up receive a personally guided fishing trip to the White with Bill Heart, Council Chair, Wisconsin Trout Unlimited
  25. 25. Funds from any eventual sale to DNR will go into a permanent revolving White River Fund to protect more land along the White.
  26. 26. Your gift will continue to give to the White River
  27. 27. Thank you
  28. 28. Bayfield Regional Conservancy Protecting Land in the Lake Superior Basin and Beyond www.brcland.org

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