From a December release from the Wisconsin Governor’s office: Governor Doyle Announces $1 Million La Crosse Grasslands Stewardship Purchase
Governor Jim Doyle today announced a nearly $1 million Stewardship grant to the Mississippi Valley Conservancy (MVC) for the purchase of the 318-acre parcel inside La Crosse Terrace Grasslands Priority Area in La Crosse County. The $2 million project is being funding by the $962,500 Stewardship grant and the remainder is made possible through a private donation by Northern Engraving and fundraising efforts by the MVC.
The 318-acre parcel contains the last open grasslands of significant size remaining on the La Crosse terrace, an area that used to contain thousands of acres of prairie. The project will protect a large and rare parcel of prime grassland bird habitat containing two threatened species and more than 90 species of native birds that have been deemed “Species of Greatest Conservation Need” by the Wisconsin’s Wildlife Action Plan. The Grasslands sit atop the expansive Mississippi River Terrace, created over 20,000 years ago during the last ice-age and containing native landforms, such as wind-formed dunes, that remain similar to how they were first formed prior to European settlement.
Read the full release, "Governor Doyle Announces $1 Million La Crosse Grasslands Stewardship Purchase", for more information.