Wetlands provide habitat for a variety of wildlife species as well as important ecosystem services. Learn from Tally Hamilton and Gretchen Skudlarczyk—wetland experts with years of experience working with private landowners—about some of the practices and programs available to restore and enhance wetlands on private lands.
Tally Hamilton, Ducks Unlimited, and Gretchen Skudlarczyk, Pheasants Forever
Recorded November 17, 2023
Tally Hamilton has been with Ducks Unlimited for two years, starting as the Wetland Habitat Coordinator/Private Lands Biologist for Wisconsin and recently promoted to Regional Biologist. She has more than 10 years of experience working on wetlands and grasslands on private and public lands including past positions with Pheasants Forever and USFWS.
Gretchen Skudlarczyk has been with Pheasants Forever for 8 years, the last 3 years as the Wetland Easement Team Specialist. Her role is to accelerate delivery of technical and programmatic assistance for wildlife habitat and USDA’s Wetland Reserve Easement program.
Can wetlands and farms go together? Talking wetland solutions with agriculture professionals
There’s an old misconception that wetlands and farms can’t coexist—that it’s not possible to have both. Wisconsin Wetlands Association doesn’t buy this myth and is working hard not only to dispel the myth but also to collaborate with farmers and others in the agricultural community to explore how wetlands can be assets to farmers and their communities.
Private landowners play a vital role in caring for wetlands
Did you know that Wisconsin has lost half of its wetlands? Of the 5 million acres that remain, 75% are in private ownership, giving landowners a vital role in caring for wetlands. Private landowners also own most of the land that used to be wetland and could be restored. As much as 85% of Wisconsin’s potentially restorable wetland acreage is in private ownership.