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December 11, 2013

All in For Belle Isle

Detroit Urban Restoration Project Moves Forward

Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley joined in support of the 'All in for Belle Isle' press conference in Detroit, Michigan. Photo courtesy of Matthew Clara/Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley joined in support of the 'All in for Belle Isle' press conference in Detroit, Michigan. Photo courtesy of Matthew Clara/Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the City of Detroit and the Belle Isle Conservancy showcased key partnerships in a press conference about the planned revitalization of Belle Isle Park yesterday in Detroit, Michigan. Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley represented the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the event and highlighted successful Fisheries and National Wildlife Refuge System partnerships along the Detroit River.

The press conference featured supportive testimonials from a dozen dedicated agencies and organizations. Wooley joined Rodney Stokes, special advisor to Gov. Rick Snyder, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing, Detroit City Council Member James Tate and Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation Division Chief Ron Olson in showing the Service’s commitment to urban restoration. Partner pledges to the project, included details on volunteer efforts and funding, as well as social contributions as the restoration project unfolds.

“Being ‘All in for Belle’ is more than restoration of the land and water, it’s about giving people a chance to connect with each other and the environment, especially right in their own backyards,” said Wooley.

The event also highlighted restoration efforts that are currently underway at Belle Isle, such as hazardous tree removal, log staging and grinding and waterfowl counts.

To learn more about the timeline and organizations that are partnering to make this a success, visit: http://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10365_67024_67025---,00.html

 

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Last updated: December 11, 2013