Dane County is helping to pay for improvements to two area parks, with $1,000 going to fund a butterfly habitat at the Brooklyn State Wildlife Area and another $1,000 for help purchasing and planting trees in a Town of Dunn neighborhood park.

The wildlife area will use the Dane County Environmental Council Grant to purchase prairie and savanna pollinator seed mixes to plant a pollinator habitat, according to a news release. And Simpson Park, at the end of Parkland Drive and just south of Mahoney Road in the Town of Dunn, will use the money to increase land diversity.

Dunn town clerk Cathy Hasslinger said residents have also raised $500 to build a path through the park with exercise stations, funding the town has matched.

The county approved nearly $18,000 in grants to fund 19 environmental projects around the area. Other recipients include $801 to the Village of Windsor for a sign to direct hikers to a “rare, intact sedge meadow” in the Token Creek Conservancy, according to a release, and $1,803.45 to the Groundswell Conservancy to help purchase a field and brush mower.

To be eligible for a grant, the project must take place in Dane County and provide a benefit to Dane County natural resources and residents.

Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@wcinet.com.​