MENASHA — Local efforts to care for the state’s natural resources recently were recognized by the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin, which provided $1,000 through its C.D. Besadny Conservation Grants program to support honey bees at Heckrodt Wetland Reserve.
“Our Foundation promotes conservation education, saves endangered species and protects public lands and waters,” said Ruth Oppedahl, executive director of the Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. “The Besadny Grants fund small projects that have a big impact in local communities. This year, we gave away more than $26,000 to 30 projects across the entire state of Wisconsin. It was a very competitive process, and we’re pleased to support the wonderful work of the Heckrodt Wetland Reserve.”
Heckrodt’s goal is to have a hive of honey bees for environmental education and for land stewardship purposes. With the recent trend in decreasing pollinator populations — especially in bees — the need for public education is at an all-time high.
“Through popular public programs and other hands-on-learning opportunities we hope to provide the general public with a background on the life history of bees, the significance that they play in our current agricultural system, alternative options for home pesticides and herbicides and the collaborative role honey bees play in allowing humans to enjoy our natural resources,” said Luke Schiller of Heckrodt Wetland Reserve.
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