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Multiple Societal Benefits of Large Scale Restoration
 

Multiple Societal Benefits of Large Scale Restoration

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This workshop highlights successful large scale, on-the-ground restoration efforts in several priority areas of the Great Lakes. Strategies will be shared for planning, financing, and articulating ...

This workshop highlights successful large scale, on-the-ground restoration efforts in several priority areas of the Great Lakes. Strategies will be shared for planning, financing, and articulating results from restoration projects in order to bring multiple societal benefits. Participants will brainstorm the next level of restoration impacts we would like to see from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.

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    Multiple Societal Benefits of Large Scale Restoration Multiple Societal Benefits of Large Scale Restoration Presentation Transcript

    • Winegar Pond Invasive Species Control in a Green Bay Wetland Jason Hill - Manager of Conservation Programs Ducks Unlimited, Inc.
    • Winegar Pond…Getting Acquainted
      • 120 acre Lake Michigan Coastal Wetland
      • Located near the mouth of the Peshtigo River in Green Bay
      • Owned and managed by the Wisconsin DNR
      • Green Bay West Shores Wildlife Area – Peshtigo Harbor Unit (4,894 acres)
      • Important emergent wetland for migratory birds, wetland dependent fish and society (recreation, local economy/jobs, water quality)
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    • Winegar Pond…The Problem
      • Carp spawning activity destroys native vegetation, increases turbidity and promotes invasive plant species
      • Monocultures of Phragmites
    • Winegar Pond…The Project
      • Concept by Wisconsin DNR and DU in 2009
      • Successful proposal with EPA Award to DU
      • Invasive Species Prevention and Control Grant
      • Budget: $658,009 EPA grant award; $25,000 DU
      • 5 EPA Awards for habitat/wildlife and invasive species received for Green Bay alone
      • WI agencies/orgs received nearly $30M in Year 1
    • Winegar Pond…Carp Exclusion
      • DU project design and delivery
      • 2 Carp exclusion structures at primary inlets
      • Active management by WDNR Staff
      • To date:
        • Topographic survey complete
        • Soil borings and analysis complete
        • Design in progress
      • Next: Permits and clearances
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    • Winegar Pond…Phragmites Control
      • 100 acres adjacent and within Winegar Pond
      • Helicopter application in September 2011
      • BASF Habitat (Imazapyr based) herbicide
      • Secondary on-the-ground treatments in 2012 (herbicide, burning, mowing)
      • WDNR staff coordination
    • Great Lakes Restoration Tour – Green Bay
    • Winegar Pond…What’s Next?
      • Construction in summer/fall 2012
      • Develop management and maintenance plan
      • Continued public education (signs and dedication)
      • Monitoring by Wisconsin DNR
      • Celebrate/promote long-term benefits of project!
        • Native fish recruitment to Green Bay
        • Enhanced wetland habitat for wildlife
        • Improved water quality
        • Recreation opportunities