Door County Nature Reserve won a $50,000 grant to restore Big Creek

STURGEON BAY – Crossroads at Big Creek will be able to expand ongoing restoration work on its property after it announced last week that it was awarded a $50,000 Coastal Program grant from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

The two-year grant will allow the nonprofit Sturgeon Bay Nature Preserve to expand work begun in 2020 to restore the environmental health of Big Creek, a waterway that drains about 6,300 acres north of Sturgeon Bay.

This award comes two years after Crossroads received a $45,000 grant from the Fish and Wildlife Service. That year, 2020, Crossroads also received a grant of $189,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Service and $42,000 from the Lake Michigan Trust.

Funds from these three grants in 2020 allowed the reserve to hire contractors to remove invasive species such as reed canary grass, glossy buckthorn and other non-native plants and replace them with native shrubs, seedlings and seed covers that provide food for wildlife. Work focused on 25 acres along the river gorge.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: