The NWTF contributed $14,000 to the Namekagon Barrens Wildlife Area near Minong, Wisconsin, and Crex Meadows Wildlife Area in Grantsburg, Wisconsin.
Two projects in this area shared the state-funded Wildlife Habitat Partnership Fund grant. The work entailed restoring habitats in the barrens and constructing firebreaks at Crex Meadow. Restoring habitat in the barrens by removing furrows and knocking over young red pines benefits wild turkeys, sharp-tail grouse, upland sandpiper, brown thrasher, western meadowlark, vesper, sparrow, Eastern whippoorwill and many other species.
In addition, 2,950 acres of prescribed burning will allow the better management of meadows and will promote oak regeneration throughout the woodlands.
Various groups contributed to the success of this project including Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Friends of Namekagon Barrens, Wisconsin Sharp-tailed Grouse Society and Friends of Crex Meadows.