The Wetland Gems list is not exhaustive, but rather is a representative list of important, high quality wetlands in Wisconsin. Not appearing on this list are millions of acres of valuable wetlands that play important roles within our landscapes and watersheds as critical wildlife habitat, sites of water purification, and sites of flood water storage. All of the state’s wetlands are valuable and merit protection.
RECOGNIZE A WETLAND TREASURE IN YOUR AREA
Are you particularly fond of a wetland treasure in your area that did not make the Wetland Gems list? While we could not include all worthy wetlands in the list, we would like to recognize additional wetland treasures on this webpage. We will soon post instructions on how to nominate your local wetland treasure for recognition on this webpage. Until then, please contact us at gems[at]wisconsinwetlands.org for details.
Many individuals contributed to this project, including site property owners, members of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Wetland Team, and many other partners and natural resource experts. Special thanks to Eric Epstein, Randy Hoffman, Mary Linton, Tod Highsmith and Carolyn Sandberg for exceptionally generous contributions of time and expertise. Laura England, WWA Outreach Programs Director, led the Wetland Gems project with assistance from Katie Beilfuss, WWA Programs Manager, and Becky Abel, WWA Executive Director.
The McKnight Foundation, which seeks to improve the quality of life for present and future generations through grantmaking, coalition-building and encouragement of strategic policy reform, funded the portion of this project focusing on Mississippi River Basin regions.
Funding for the coastal regions portion of this project provided by the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program and the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management under the Coastal Zone Management Act, Grant # NA07NOS4190064.