Grants likely to help fund continued Tendick Park prairie restoration work

By 
DAN BENSON
Ozaukee Press staff

Ozaukee County has applied for and is likely to receive several more grants to continue work at Tendick Park to restore native plant species.

Last week, the county Finance Committee accepted a $5,000 grant from Ducks Unlimited and a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for prairie and wetland restoration at the park in the Town of Saukville.

The county also plans to apply for two grants from the American Transmission Co. Tree Planting Grant Program totaling $10,000. The county Natural Resources Board is expected to recommend applying for those dollars when it meets at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday.

The ATC program is meant to “encourage the growth of native trees and vegetation at a safe distance from electric transmission lines.” The county has received grant funds from the program in the past.

The 125-acre park includes a disc golf course and boat and kayak launch. 

Since 2016, the county and various other groups have been involved in restoring the park land to a warm-season prairie and savannah.

In all, 37 acres have been restored, plus a half-acre wetland. 

Consequently, the county has documented 68 new species of native flowers and grasses at Tendick, plus many species of birds and insects.

The Fish and Wildlife grant requires a 40% match, which county Parks and Planning Director Andrew Struck said will be met by previous restoration efforts and in-kind donations  in staff time, equipment and supplies, and volunteer labor. 

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