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NRDA Restoration Work Underway in Missouri!
Midwest Region, June 15, 2011
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Although this woodland looks lush, the understory is nearly all shrub honeysuckle, which shades out native species and provides less habitat value to migratory birds. USFWS photo by Scott Hamilton,  Apr. 2011
Although this woodland looks lush, the understory is nearly all shrub honeysuckle, which shades out native species and provides less habitat value to migratory birds. USFWS photo by Scott Hamilton, Apr. 2011 - Photo Credit: n/a

Over three decades ago, dioxin, a hazardous substance, was spread over parts of the St. Louis region when it was added to waste oil sprayed on roads to control dust. The discovery of widespread dioxin contamination lead to various Superfund clean-up activities, the abandonment of the community of Times Beach, and a Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration claim for injury to migratory birds.  In a settlement with the responsible parties, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was given funds to restore the injury to migratory bird habitat.  Previously, we have used these funds to acquire woodland habitat, enhance historic savanna, and restore a glade and woodland area.

A new cooperative agreement was recently signed with outside partners to restore and enhance migratory bird habitat.  The Shaw Nature Reserve, part of the world-renowned Missouri Botanical Garden, will use the settlement funds to remove exotic invasive shrub honeysuckle from a mature woodland, replant native understory species, and begin regular prescribed burns on approximately 66 acres.  As a way to monitor our project, we have enlisted the help of the St. Louis Audubon Society to monitor the bird species that use these restored areas.  The Shaw Nature Reserve will use Americorps members to remove the invasive shrubs and plant native species.  Restoration projects such as this are the “fruit of the labor” of many of us involved assessing injury and negotiating settlements in NRDAR for the Service.  


Contact Info: Scott Hamilton, 573 234-2132 x 122, scott_hamilton@fws.gov



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