Wetlands Restored in Upper Susquehanna Watershed
Schoharie county wetland.
Biologists with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Partners’ for Fish and Wildlife Program restored 2.5 acres of nontidal emergent wetlands for fish and wildlife in the Upper Susquehanna Watershed in Schoharie County, New York. The project site had been adversely impacted through years of farming activities including ditching in an attempt to drain tillable lands.
In order to restore the natural hydrology and topography of the wetland, ditch plugs were installed and shallow pothole wetlands were excavated. The resulting 2.5 acres of wetland now include a diverse landscape made up of open water, and emergent and scrub/ shrub wetlands and allow riparian forests to develop on the surrounding uplands. This restoration will improve habitat for waterfowl, waterbirds, raptors, and furbearers by increasing desirable food plants, invertebrate production, landscape diversity and open water.
Partnership Restores Valuable Meadow Habitat
Under a cost share with Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), 10 acres of valuable warm season grass habitat was recently restored on private land. The ten acre planting will provide valuable nesting habitat for ground nesting waterfowl. Besides wildlife habitat, the project will provide aesthetic value for the local community. The site was completed under the NRCS Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provided equipment as an in-kind service.
New York Restores 20 Acres of Valuable Nontidal Wetland
Under the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Partners For Fish and Wildlife Program, 20 acres of nontidal emergent wetland habitat was restored in Earlville, Madison County, New York. The restoration was possible through the construction of two low embankments.
Water levels in both impoundments will be controlled with 12" inline water-control structures. This restoration will restore 20 acres to a nontidal wetland and allow for the natural re-establishment of emergent vegetation, trees, and shrubs on the surrounding uplands. This restoration effort will improve habitat quality for waterfowl, waterbirds, raptors, and furbearers by increasing desirable food plant abundance, invertebrate production, landscape diversity, and open-water space.