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Collaboration and Partnerships

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The Wisconsin Cooperative Conservation Initiative (WCCI)
EPA Region 5 - Chicago

Geographic location or area of activity: The project is located in the headwaters of the Rock River Watershed in central Wisconsin.  It includes the Horicon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge which is the focus of several habitat protection and restoration initiatives, and is a high priority for agricultural conservation and water quality improvement efforts.

Description of activity:  This 2004 multi-agency partnership was created to multiply the benefits of federal and state conservation programs by encouraging agencies to focus resources on a high priority watershed across the state. 

Key accomplishments include:

UWEX has developed a baseline assessment protocol to evaluate conservation practices among the partners in the field, collected information on partner activities to date, generated maps of priority areas, and in cooperation with local partners, will soon be launching a survey of agricultural producers in the priority WCCI areas.  Baseline results are expected to be available in 2008, will be used to evaluate future conservation practices in the Rock River basin.

Interagency partners:  The partnership includes members of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation , US Department of Agriculture – Natural Resource Conservation Service, Department of the Interior-US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Extension, and local resource management partners.

Local partners:  Dodge County Land Conservation Department and local landholders

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