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Partners Program Continues Improvement of Green Bay Coastal Stream and Wetland Habitat

Region 8, September 29, 2011
A recently completed northern pike spawning channel/stream which will soon contain a wide variety of aquatic vegetation providing substrate for egg laying and cover for newly hatched fish.
A recently completed northern pike spawning channel/stream which will soon contain a wide variety of aquatic vegetation providing substrate for egg laying and cover for newly hatched fish. - Photo Credit: n/a

This past field season, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Green Bay Field Office Biologists Gary Van Vreede and John Riens assisted with the design and implementation of several projects designed to improve stream and wetland habitat for northern pike spawning along the west shore of Green Bay.

Working together with the Brown County Land Conservation Department, three projects were completed on private lands in 2011. These projects involved the improvement of more than 2,600 feet of stream habitat and the enhancement of across four and a half acres of adjacent wetland habitat.

These improvements were made using techniques such as stream channel modification, wetland sediment removal and culvert replacement. Long-term outcomes of the project will not only benefit northern pike, but also a variety of other fish and wildlife species. Partial funding for these projects was provided by the USFWS through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program. Additional funding was received from Fox River Natural Resources Damage funds, administered by the Brown County Land Conservation Department.

Contact Info: John Riens, 541-885-2503, John_Riens@fws.gov