Habitat Handout Day is this Saturday, May 4 in Baldwin for native plants for wildlife. Submitted photo
Habitat Handout Day is this Saturday, May 4 in Baldwin for native plants for wildlife. Submitted photo

Submitted by Sarah Hoye, Department of Natural Resources

BALDWIN, WI – For property owners interested in making their land more wildlife friendly, the annual Habitat Handout Day on May 4 is an opportunity to improve their cover and forage. Thanks to our partners, the Department of Natural Resources will have free spruce trees, wildlife friendly shrubs and seed for wildlife food plots available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The distribution will begin at noon on Saturday, May 4 at the Department of Natural Resources shop building, 890 Spruce St. in Baldwin.

Plants and seed will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until gone. Interested landowners are asked to bring their own buckets for the seedling plants and seed.

Each landowner will be limited to seed for 1-2 acres (about 25 pounds) and up to 100 wildlife shrubs and trees. Recipients will be asked to sign an agreement that the materials will be used for wildlife habitat and not for residential or commercial purposes.

"Private land owners are key partners in the effort to conserve and enhance wildlife populations in our area," said DNR wildlife technician Mike Soergel. "With donations of shrubs, spruce trees and food plot seed from the Kinnickinnic and Indianhead chapters of Pheasants Forever and Star Prairie Fish and Game, we're able to hold this event and support landowner conservation initiatives."

The DNR wishes to thank the Kinnickinnic Chapter of Pheasants Forever, the Indianhead Chapter of Pheasants Forever, Star Prairie Fish and Game for making this event possible.

For more information on how landowners can manage their properties for wildlife, visit dnr.wi.gov and search keyword "DMAP."

For more info contact Mike Soergel, DNR wildlife technician, 715-684-2914, ext.111.