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Resource Management

Prescribed fire.

The grasses and wildflowers of the waterfowl production areas have to be thick to help hide the nests and young of mallards and other grassland nesting birds. On the other hand, there has to be enough open space at the ground level to allow young flightless birds to forage for insects while avoiding predators. In Michigan, wind and wildlife will bring seeds of woody plants into our grasslands. Without some kind of management, many of our grasslands would become shrub lands and eventually woodlands. We provide periodic disturbance of cool-season and warm-season grasses and wildflowers - burning, haying, mowing, or spraying with herbicides - to prevent the grasslands from becoming too thick and to control woody plants. Wetlands on the areas have been managed to increase water levels and improve vegetative plant cover. The wetlands offer excellent habitat for raising baby ducks and geese.
Last Updated: Jul 09, 2012
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