Door County Chapter of Nature Conservancy Honored

The staff of the Door County chapter of the Nature Conservancy has been honored by the Department of Natural Resources for helping restore northern pike habitat in tributaries and ditches connected to the waters of Green Bay. Jean Romback-Bartels, DNR Secretary’s Director of Northeast Wisconsin, presented the annual Secretary’s Director Award to Director Nicole Van Heiden and Biologist Mike Grimm. Each spring, northern pike make their way far upstream and up water-filled ditches on Green Bay’s west shore to spawn in wooded wetlands. The Nature Conservancy, the DNR and other conservation organizations have improved connectivity of waterways and the quality of inland wetland sites where pike spawn. The conservancy obtained grant funding that led to an online tool for streams that flow into Green Bay, allowing users to identify barriers to fish passage. The county organization also assisted in funding the replacement of culverts that were in poor condition and incorrectly placed.

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