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Gypsy Moth Suppression Grant Program

Grants to Wisconsin Counties for Insecticide
Treatments to Reduce the Gypsy Moth Population

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Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR)

Deadline Date:

12/01/17 Postmarked


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Grants and technical support to Wisconsin counties to carry out aerial insecticide treatments as part of a statewide effort to suppress the gypsy moth population. The purpose of this program is to prevent forest defoliation and tree mortality occurring during periodic gypsy moth outbreaks. Insecticide treatments will reduce population numbers to tolerable levels.

Through this program, the primary role of the DNR is to offer a safe, effective and affordable aerial spray program. The DNR also provides partners with technical expertise, resources for education and outreach, and a legal umbrella to deal with the requirements for conducting an aerial spray under Wisconsin law.

The Suppression Program on non-DNR lands is offered through counties. Participating counties designate a county coordinator who acts as a contact between the public and the DNR so that the spray treatment can happen in a manner most appropriate and serving of the local area. County coordinators are responsible for tasks that are best done or can only be done at the local level, including determining areas to be sprayed, mapping proposed treatment blocks, communicating with residents and communities, collecting spray funds and disbursing any cost-share reimbursement.

County coordinators are not expected to do all of the required work by themselves. They may delegate most tasks to communities, lake associations or volunteers as appropriate, but they do provide oversight within the county.

DNR bureau coordinators will administer the spray program for bureau properties, and will delegate many tasks to local property managers.

Eligible treatment areas must meet the following criteria:
-Be of at least 20 contiguous acres in a compact and regular shape;
-Have canopy coverage of 50 percent or more;
-50 percent or more of the canopy must be of the insect's preferred hosts listed in the Guide and Application Form for the DNR Gypsy Moth Suppression Program; and
-Have the following minimum average number of egg masses per acre as estimated by survey methods described in the application materials and guide: 500 egg masses per acre on residential or high use, public recreational land; and 1,000 egg masses per acre on rural land.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 148904

Term of Contract:

The project period for spraying in 2018 began July 1, 2017 and ends June 30, 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Counties may apply for grants to fund their participation in the Department of Natural Resources gypsy moth suppression program if they have designated a coordinator.

Tribal, federal and municipal lands are included in their county’s application; state lands (such as state parks) apply through their bureau.

Pre-Application Information:

The DNR applies to the federal government for a grant that is available to states to provide participants up to 50% reimbursement for the cost of these treatments and associated administrative costs. Changes in the federal budget each year may reduce or eliminate federal funds for this cost-sharing grant. If that occurs, the DNR will not be able to provide this cost reimbursement to participants but will continue to provide the aerial spray program to suppress gypsy moth populations.

Applicant counties must designate a county coordinator who will act as a contact for the public and the DNR. County coordinators will be responsible for activities such as communicating with residents and community governments, mapping proposed treatment blocks, collecting spray funds and other administrative tasks.

Application Dates for County Coordinators:

-December 1, 2017: Send completed application materials postmarked by the first Friday in December to the DNR staff contact for your county.

-April 1, 2017: Signed Grant Agreement due to DNR; Electronic Public Notification Response Log Sheets are due following the notification process

-April 2017: Payment for the total cost of aerial insecticide treatment is due to DNR within 30 calendar days of invoice or April 30, whichever occurs first

-July 15, 2017: If federal cost share funding is available, reimbursement requests for administrative expenses are due to your DNR staff contact for expenses incurred from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Northeast Wisconsin (Brown, Florence, Forest, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Oneida, Outagamie, Price, Shawano, Vilas, and Waupaca Counties)

Linda Williams, Forest Health Specialist
8770 Highway J
Woodruff, WI 54568
715-356-5211 Ext. 232

Southeast Wisconsin (Calumet, Door, Fond du Lac, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, and Winnebago Counties):

Bill McNee, Forest Health Specialist
625 E County Road Y, Suite 700
Oshkosh, WI 54901

Northwest Wisconsin (Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Polk, Rusk, Sawyer and Washburn Counties):

Paul Cigan, Forest Health Specialist
10220 State Highway
27 South Hayward, WI 54843
(715) 416-4920

Western Wisconsin (Buffalo, Chippewa, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, St. Croix, Taylor, and Trempealeau Counties):

Todd Lanigan, Forest Health Specialist
1300 West Clairemont Avenue
Eau Claire, WI 54702
(715) 839-1632

Southwest Wisconsin (Adams, Clark, Columbia, Crawford, Dane, Dodge, Grant, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Juneau, Lafayette, Marathon, Marquette, Portage, Richland, Rock, Sauk, Vernon, Waushara and Wood Counties):

Mike Hillstrom, Forest Health Specialist
3911 Fish Hatchery Road
Fitchburg, WI 53711

For statewide gypsy moth and grant-related questions, contact:

Andrea Diss-Torrance - Gypsy Moth Program Coordinator
Division of Forestry
101 South Webster Street, Box 7921
Madison, WI 53707
(608) 264-9247

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