'Habitat Handout Day' set for May 4 at Baldwin
BALDWIN - Property owners in Pierce and St. Croix counties interested in making their land wildlife friendly are invited to attend the annual "Habitat Handout Day" and receive free spruce trees, wildlife friendly shrubs and seed for wildlife food plots.
The distribution takes place 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the state Department of Natural Resources shop facility at 890 Spruce St. in Baldwin, same as previous years.
Plants and seed will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. Interested landowners are advised to bring their own buckets for the seedling plants.
DNR wildlife technician Mike Soergel said the wildlife shrubs, spruce trees and the wildlife food plot seed were donated by the Kinnickinnic Chapter of Pheasants Forever; Pierce/St. Croix Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF); and BioDiagnostics Inc. of River Falls.
There will be habitat agreements to be signed, ensuring these materials will be used for wildlife habitat and not for residential or commercial purposes.
Soergel said volunteers from Pheasants Forever and the NWTF do much for area wildlife populations, both by raising funds and donating their time and skills to projects. He asks that recipients consider sending the sponsors a thank you for their contributions to wildlife habitat.
The distribution process has worked well in past years with ample seed and plants for everyone. Each landowner will be limited to seed for three acres (about 50 pounds) and to 100 wildlife shrubs and trees.
Private land owners are key partners with the DNR in the effort to conserve and enhance wildlife populations, Soergel said.