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Door Creek Wildlife Area Ready for More Ducks

Region 3, December 6, 2013
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Biologist Ben Axt scouts the ditch/agricultural waterway to be disabled with a berm and water control structure.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Biologist Ben Axt scouts the ditch/agricultural waterway to be disabled with a berm and water control structure. - Photo Credit: n/a
Local small contractor hired by Dane County installs the water control structure.
Local small contractor hired by Dane County installs the water control structure. - Photo Credit: n/a
Small local contractor hired by Dane County installs a rocked secondary spillway in the berm designed to restore 6 acres of wetland basin.
Small local contractor hired by Dane County installs a rocked secondary spillway in the berm designed to restore 6 acres of wetland basin. - Photo Credit: n/a
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Biolgist Mike Engel prepares to seed buffer of wetlands for nesting cover and water quality enhancement.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife Biolgist Mike Engel prepares to seed buffer of wetlands for nesting cover and water quality enhancement. - Photo Credit: n/a
Partner for Fish and Wildlife Biologists Mike Engel and Greg Hamilton place coarse woody debris within the wetland basin.  The woody debris will provide micro habitat areas for invertebrates and amphibians.
Partner for Fish and Wildlife Biologists Mike Engel and Greg Hamilton place coarse woody debris within the wetland basin. The woody debris will provide micro habitat areas for invertebrates and amphibians. - Photo Credit: n/a

Dane County, Wisconsin Parks, with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, developed and implemented a plan to restore wetlands and nesting habitat on the Door Creek Wildlife Area. The partnership leveraged funds from Wisconsin Waterfowl Association, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources Duck Stamp Funds, Dane County Parks, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife. The partnership restored eight acres of wetlands. Two intermittently cropped shallow depressions were scraped to remove sediment. We restored the hydrology of a drained six acre basin with a berm and water control structure. The structure will allow the County to adjust water levels to maximize seasonal habitat for migratory birds. The project also included seeding 13 acres of buffer to a mix of cool season and native grasses and forbs for nesting habitat and water quality enhancement.

Part of the Yahara River / Lake Kegonsa Watershed within the Lower Rock River basin, the wildlife area is open to hunting. This project will contribute to phosphorous and nitrate reduction within the Rock River. The project contributes to the goals of the Southeast Focus Area of the Wisconsin Joint Venture Plan. It also contributes to the Door Creek Wetlands Resource Protection Plan.

 

Contact Info: Michael Engel, 608-221-1206x21, mike_engel@fws.gov