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On Wednesday, March 7, 2012 Groundswell purchased the last 10 acres of privately owned shoreland at the Amey Pond Wildlife Refuge on Highway 23 east of the Wisconsin Dells. Amey Pond (map) is a 225-acre DNR wildlife property that provides habitat for a wide variety of waterfowl, including wood ducks, coots, and mallards; every spring white pelicans spend a few days on Amey Pond on their way north.

We bought the property from refuge neighbor Tom Bruss. A retired firefighter, Tom purchased the property several years ago in the hopes that it would one day become part of the refuge. We thank Tom for his foresight.

Funds to purchase the property came from the state’s Knowles-Nelson Stewardship Program, the federal North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and Groundswell members. We hope to donate the property to the DNR as an addition to the wildlife refuge.

“Thank you Groundswell and Tom Bruss for this wetland addition to the Amy Pond Wildlife Refuge. Truly a bright spot in a challenged time for our wetland wildlife. Such a beautiful area, and sensitive to migratory paths!! Yay for the Good Guys!”

-Judith Hutchinson, Chair of Token Creek Conservancy