County Conservation Aids

County conservation grants provide financial assistance to enhance county fish and wildlife programs.

This Fish and Wildlife Management Grant Program was created to assist counties in the improvement of the fish and wildlife resources. The fund was established by the Wisconsin Legislature in 1965 as an alternative to bounty payments on coyote, foxes and bobcats. Every year since the bounty program was cancelled, a state allocation equal to the average annual bounty payment has been earmarked as matching money for a growing list of county sponsored fish and wildlife habitat projects.

Eligible projects

Wildlife management

  • Access roads
  • Browse improvement cutting
  • Construction of wood duck houses
  • Creating cover brush piles
  • Creation of impoundments, construction, nature trails
  • Diking and ditching
  • Fence construction
  • Fencing and boundary posting for hunting areas
  • Firebreak construction
  • Flowage and pothole construction
  • Food patches and plantings
  • Food seeding
  • Habitat creation or improvement
  • Habitat improvement, including: brush piles, controlled burns, planting, and nesting structures
  • Walking trail construction, including: seeding, mowing, and signing
  • Land acquisition for habitat preservation
  • Shooting range facilities which include a hunter safety program component
  • Trail seeding, mowing and spraying
  • Other types of projects that improve the wildlife resource and management
  • Parking areas construction
  • Recreation facilities useful solely for management purposes
  • Specialized equipment useful solely for wildlife management purposes

Fish management

  • Aquatic habitat development
  • Aquatic vegetation management
  • Boat launch development
  • Brush shelter in lakes
  • Chemical rehabilitation of waters
  • Construction of fish shelters
  • Construction of parking areas
  • Fencing construction and boundary posting for fishing areas
  • Fish stocking
  • Fishing access sites
  • Fishing pier or bank fishing construction
  • Habitat creation or improvement
  • Impoundments for fishing
  • Lake, stream and spring pond rehabilitation and improvement
  • Land acquisition for fish habitat preservation
  • Other types of project that improve the fish resource and management
  • Pond or lake dredging for habitat improvement
  • Recreation facilities useful solely for fish management purposes
  • Rough fish control
  • Spawning area development
  • Specialized equipment useful solely for fish management purposes
  • Stream bank fencing
  • Stream side fencing
  • Spawning area development
  • Stream improvement devices including bank repair and vegetation control

Contact the LCD if there are projects your group (Lake Association, Club) has in mind.

Projects with funding help through the County Conservation Aids Program

2014 – Taylor County Sportsmen Club Mowing to Improve Turkey Habitat

2011 – Rib Lake Fish & Game Association Fishing Pier

2010 – Yellow River Public Access Improvement

2009 – Chequamegon Waters Fishing Access and Erosion Control

2008 – Miller Dam Lake Association Miller Dam Aeration System

2007 – Village of Rib Lake Fishing Access and Pier