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Native Seed & Tree Plantings


The goal at the Refuge Gateway is to restore quality coastal habitat, including wetland, prairie, and forest ecosystems, and build roads, parking, and trails required for full public access.

  • Tree Plantings


    During 2012 some very noticeable changes occurred at the Refuge Gateway. Through the help of nearly 800 volunteers representing groups from Detroit and Gibraltar Public Schools, Local Boy Scout Troops, and corporate volunteers, 330 trees were planted at the Refuge Gateway. Of the 330 trees, 271 were large, native 2”calipar trees (averaging 8-12’ in height) with the remainder comprising of native one- and five-gallon trees (3-5’ in height). Using larger trees will help to ‘jump-start’ the habitat resources for wildlife by providing canopy for food and shelter. Combined with trees planted during previous years, the site now supports over 450 trees comprised of 25 different species. Additionally, nearly 100 oak trees were planted in Humbug Marsh to ensure regeneration. All trees received mulch, stakes, and protection from wildlife along with weekly watering. This hard work resulted in an over 90% success rate for trees surviving the first season!

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  • Restoration Work


    The summer of 2012 also marked the completion of all work associated with aNational Coastal Wetland Conservation Grantawarded to Humbug Marsh and the Refuge Gateway in 2009. With funding from other partners, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, earthworks were completed across an additional 12 acres of landscape, which allowed for native seeding to be established across 32 acres at the Refuge Gateway. The grant also supported planting and invasive plant removal across 10 acres in Humbug Marsh to further protect existing high quality habitat.

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  • Quality Habitat


    Under the collaborative partnership of Wayne County and USFWS the Refuge Gateway will now be managed to promote the development of quality habitat. The changes are happening fast so plan your visit or volunteer your time to witness this extraordinary project take life!

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Last Updated: Dec 29, 2012
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