Madison Public Schools (Wis.); Instructional Materials Center / Cherokee marsh: a wetland to cherish
[Our surface water - report of Dane County Planning Committee], pp. 5-6
3. The Four Lakes (Mendota, Monona, Waubesa, and Kegonsa) - world famous for their beauty and recreational attributes. The unique fisheries for yellow perch and white bass have long been a successful part of the Four Lakes complex. 4. A Shrinking Wetland area-- a survey completed in 1958 indicates the loss of 22,677 acres of wetland to drainage during a 20 year period (an acreage equivalent to nearly 140 Wisconsin farms). This loss represents one-third of the wetlands that were inventoried in 1938. Indications are that the trend will continue. The Surface Waters are used: 1. For fishing. Nearly 25,000 resident fishing licenses were sold in Dane County in 1960, ranking it 3rd in the state. Considering all sources of anglers, nearly one-fourth to one-third of the population fishes. Fishing continues good despite increased pressure. 2. For boating. Over 30,000 boats (est.) are owned by County residents. Dane County is the 5th most used county in the state for boating. According to a recent Wisconsin Conservation Department's estimate, over 5,000 registered boats are located permanently on the waters of Lakes Mendota and Monona alone. Registered boats carry motors. Motors become faster and more powerful each year. Unregulated boating creates conflict among the surface water users. 3. For swimming. Perhaps 50 per cent of the population participates in beach activities. Dane County has 16 public beaches and 4 commercially operated beach areas. Nearly all require expansion to accommodate population growth. 4. For hunting. In 1960 over 16,200 persons bought small game hunting licenses in Dane County. National surveys estimate that nearly one-fifth this number hunt waterfowl, therefore receiving direct benefits from open water and wetland areas. Moreover, marshlands provide optimum habitat for upland game birds, and small game animals, therefore benefiting nearly all hunters. RECOMMENDATION Figure 7 delineates major wetland areas deserving preservation in the public interest. Various governmental units and agencies should work cooperatively toward their preservation.
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