MMC, which first met in March 1998,
is a group of concerned individuals,
members of various organizations,
representatives from local, state,
and federal units of government that
share an interest in the well being
of the Horicon Marsh ecosystem. The
mission of the MMC is to guide the
management of the Horicon Marsh
for the benefit of a healthy ecosystem
and the people who enjoy it.
are the goals of the MMC?
its planning and evaluation process,
the MMC will focus its attention on
making improvements and maintaining
gains in the following aspects of
the Horicon Marsh ecosystem management.
of management with connected waters
of human uses
and support for MMC projects
and communication regarding the
Horicon Marsh ecosystem
are some of the proposed Habitat Development
Projects that the MMC is currently
trying to raise funding for?
Impoundment Rearing Pond
This project entails modifying the
abandoned Redhead Dike on the east
side of the HMWA to allow for seasonal
flooding and complete drainage of
the impoundment. Up to 20,000 northern
pike fry could be reared there each
spring. This project would also allow
the use of another small pond for
rearing another 10,000 northern pike
This project involves planting wild
rice seed on selected sites in an
attempt to restore a historically
important habitat type within large
bays and pools in the Marsh.
Historically, potholes were a dominant
feature of the Horicon Marsh. However,
due to various factors, up to 90%
of this habitat has been lost to cattail
expansion since 1975. Restoring this
habitat is one key to broad ecosystem
restoration on the Marsh. Selected
techniques for battling cattail expansion
include the use of an herbicide and
by crushing/mowing. These techniques
will be used to restore small (up
to 3 acres) potholes within Horicon
$10,000 ANNUALLY FOR AT LEAST 2
can I do to support the efforts?
that has an interest in the management
of the Horicon Marsh is invited to
join the MMC.
MMC gladly accepts donations of any
amount to further habitat development
on the Marsh. Currently, there is
the potential for receiving federal
grant monies amounting to a $0.50
match for every $1.00 in project funding
that can be raised.
more information about the MMC, please
contact Andy Nelson at (920) 387-7860.