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Spreading the Word on Not Spreading Invasives
Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees for the 2010 Enbridge oil spill in Michigan are partnering with a local firm and the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council to get the word out about reducing invasive species in the Fort Custer Recreation Area. This effort is designed to support ongoing work to use biological and other control measures to reduce invasive aquatic plants, including Eurasian watermilfoil and starry stonewort, in several lakes in the recreation area. A "Least Wanted" poster was part of the materials used in the first year of a three-year program to raise awareness among the recreating public and reduce the risk of future introductions of such species.
Fox River NRDA brings recreation closer
The Fox River, located in eastern Wisconsin, was contaminated in the 1950s with hazardous chemicals called polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). PCBs impacted not only the water quality, but native fish and wildlife, as well as how the local communities use their natural resources.
Inspiring conservation after listening to the delicate sound of butterfly wings in Mexico
Imagine hiking up a dusty trail to elevations of 10,000 feet, each step moving closer to what appears to be orange and black confetti covering the trees. Through the dense forest, approaching closer and suddenly realizing the confetti is actually thousands of monarch butterflies in roosting clusters resting until they once again begin their migration north.
Scott Hicks selected for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2018 Science Leadership Award
Scott Hicks, Field Office Supervisor for the Michigan Ecological Services Field Office, is the winner of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2018 Science Leadership Award. This award recognizes supervisors who champion the use of science in conservation decision making and who empower their staff to accomplish scientific work and engage the scientific community.
Trustees restore Menominee Indian Tribe lands
Lands and waters important to the Menominee Indian Tribe were restored as part of efforts under the Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resource Damage Assessment. After the damage assessment was conducted, the trustee council determined there was work to be done to restore tribal land and water to a healthy state.
Bringing Back Oneida Lake
Restoring resources lost to contamination is a primary goal of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment program. Especially important is restoring resources of cultural importance to Native American tribes. For the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin, regaining the use of Oneida Lake is a decades-old dream.
Something’s fishy in Green Bay
The muskellunge is a large freshwater fish native to North America and an exciting sportfish for many anglers in the Midwest. Muskies can be found in lakes and rivers all over the Great Lakes Region, into Canada, and the upper Mississippi River drainage. These days, Green Bay is seen by many as one of the finest muskie-producing bodies of water in North America. But it wasn’t like that just a few years ago.
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- administer the Endangered Species Act
- identify sources of environmental contamination, assess impacts of contaminants to fish and wildlife resources, and help restore contaminated habitats
- ensure that fish and wildlife resources are considered by Federal agencies during conservation planning and construction of roads, bridges, dams, etc.
- document the extent and status of our Nation's wetlands.
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