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Celebrating Door Peninsula Wetlands of International Importance

On May 22, Deputy Director Charlie Wooley joined Wisconsin citizens, conservation groups and government representatives to celebrate the designation of the Door Peninsula coastal wetland complex as Wetlands of International Importance under the RAMSAR Convention. The site is one of only 37 wetlands in the United States recognized as internationally important, and is the third site in Wisconsin to be designated.

The 11,443-acre wetland complex on Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula supports rich and diverse habitats used by a variety of fish and wildlife species. That includes one of the last strongholds of the federally threatened dwarf lake iris and the largest known population in the entire country and best habitat of the federally endangered Hine's emerald dragonfly.

The designation is the result of years of dedicated work by a number of partners, including The Nature Conservancy, Wisconsin Wetlands Association, Door County Land Trust, The Ridges Sanctuary, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, local landowners, federal, state and local government officials, who worked to protect and restore the wetlands.

Many restoration and preservation efforts were supported by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Joint Venture, and Coastal Program. Fox River Natural Resource Damage Assessment settlement funds also contributed to restoration and land preservation within the Ramsar designated area.

The Ramsar Treaty is an international agreement that provides the framework for national action and international cooperation for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife administers treaty participation on behalf of the United States government.

By Betsy Galbraith
Green Bay Field Office - Ecological Services

Midwest Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley (right) joined Wisconsin conservation partners to celebrate the designation of the Door Peninsula coastal wetlands complex as a Wetland of International Importance. Photo courtesy of Brian Forest/The Ridges Sanctuary.

Midwest Deputy Regional Director Charlie Wooley (right) joined Wisconsin conservation partners to celebrate the designation of the Door Peninsula coastal wetlands complex as a Wetland of International Importance. Photo courtesy of Brian Forest/The Ridges Sanctuary.

 

 

Last updated: June 4, 2015