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Habitat Restoration Highlights - 2011 Projects

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The following on-the-ground projects were funded and initiated by local offices through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:

Office:                     Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Partnership:             Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
Project Title:            North Branch Wiscoy Creek Restoration
Project Location:      Wyoming County, NY
Species to Benefit:   Brown trout
FWS Cost:              $55,314
Outcome:                Restore / enhance 0.4 miles of stream and riparian habitat.
Status:                    Agreement in place with WCSWCD. In-stream habitat restoration and near-bank riparian plantings completed. Additional plantings in spring 2012.
Partners:                 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Wyoming County Soil and Water Conservation District, Trout Unlimited – Western NY

Installing LUNKER structures to create undercut bank habitat along North Branch Wiscoy Creek Credit: Scott Cornett, NYSDEC
Creating undercut bank habitat along North Branch Wiscoy Creek. Credit: Scott Cornett, NYSDEC

Office:                     Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Partnership:             Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
Project Title:            Replace and Repair Deteriorated Water Control Structures to Restore Wetlands at Conesus Inlet Fish and Wildlife Management Area
Project Location:      Livingston County, NY
Species to Benefit:   Northern pike
FWS Cost:              $35,714
Outcome:                Re-open and restore / enhance 14 acres of wetlands
Status:                    Agreement in place with NYDEC, water control structures replaced and dike repaired.  Marsh will be graded in summer 2012.
Partners:                 New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Conesus Lake Association

Grading wetlands along Conesus Lake to increase habitat heterogeneity (background), and newly installed water control structure and dike (foreground)Credit: Raymond Li, USFWS
Grading wetlands along Conesus Lake. Credit: Raymond Li, USFWS

Office:                     Lower Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Partnership:             Great Lakes Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
Project Title:            Cassidy Park Fish Habitat and Hyporheic Zone Improvement
Project Location:      Erie County, PA
Species to Benefit:   Steelhead trout
FWS Cost:              $30,000
Outcome:                Restore / enhance 0.13 miles of stream habitat
Status:                    Agreement in place with Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.  Project completed
Partners:                 Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, Millcreek Township, Pennsylvania Steelhead Association

Log deflectors constructed to stabilize banks, promote sediment deposition, and create deepwater pools along Walnut Creek (looking upstream)Credit: Raymond Li, USFWS
Log deflectors create deepwater pools along Walnut Creek. Credit: Raymond Li, USFWS

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