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Chesapeake Bay Field Office’s Poplar Island Wildlife Restoration to be Highlighted at DOI Conference on the Environment
Northeast Region, January 16, 2010
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Aerial view of Poplar Island, USFWS
Aerial view of Poplar Island, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Tern chick, Leopoldo Miranda, USFWS
Tern chick, Leopoldo Miranda, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a
Restored marsh habitat, Leopoldo Miranda, USFWS
Restored marsh habitat, Leopoldo Miranda, USFWS - Photo Credit: n/a

The Paul S. Sarbanes Ecological Restoration Project at Poplar Island, located in Talbot County Maryland, will be one of the projects highlighted at the U.S. Department of the Interior's 2010 Conference on the Environment.  Scheduled for April, in Portland, Oregon, the conference provides a forum for stakeholders from other agencies, and commercial, and non-profit exhibitors to meet and exchange information on a wide variety of environmental and natural resource topics and issues. 


The Poplar Island project will be part of the ecological restoration technical session at the conference. A multiyear effort funded by the U.S Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Maryland Port Authority (MPA), the project will restore more than 1,000 acres of island habitat with dredged material collected from shipping channels approaching Baltimore, Maryland. To date, 25 million cubic yards  have been placed at the site. Approximately 40M cubic yards of dredged material will be placed by 2014 to restore 1,140 acres of both wetland and upland habitats with the primary purpose of attracting wildlife.

These newly created habitats are presently providing food, refuge, and nesting opportunities for a variety of wildlife species. Wildlife management at the project is provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Chesapeake Bay Field Office and involves coordinating with other federal and state agencies, universities, and private industry.


An adaptive management approach ensures that the best possible wildlife management strategies and tools are used to promote successful nesting by island dependent bird species. These strategies and tools include: habitat creation, restoration and enhancement; nuisance species and predator control and documentation; disease response; education; wildlife surveys and monitoring; and documentation of new species.


For more information contact:

Pete McGowan




Contact Info: Kathryn Reshetiloff, 410-573-4582, kathryn_reshetiloff@fws.gov
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