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U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Focuses on Wetland Habitat in Northeastern Wisconsin

Region 8, September 29, 2011
Many wetlands like this one have been created in northeastern Wisconsin.
Many wetlands like this one have been created in northeastern Wisconsin. - Photo Credit: n/a

Urban development, poor land management practices, technological advancements in the agricultural industry, and application of sub-surface drainage tiles on hydric soil habitats have led to the alteration/destruction of approximately 70 percent of the original northeastern Wisconsin wetlands. As a result, a significant decline in resident and migratory species population has been observed. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is working with the Upper Mississippi River Great Lakes Joint Venture, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Natural Resources Conservation Service, county, and private individuals to counter this trend by restoring and or enhancing wetland habitats throughout the northeast Wisconsin region. This year, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Biologists Gary Van Vreede and John Riens undertook 14 wetland restoration/enhancement projects totaling almost 50 acres of wetland habitat. These acres are providing habitat for a variety of migratory birds, particularly water and marsh bird species such as terns, rails, bitterns and egrets. In addition to providing habitat to a variety of wildlife species, these wetlands are also helping control floodwaters and improving water quality across northeast Wisconsin.

Contact Info: John Riens, 541-885-2503, John_Riens@fws.gov