Ducks Unlimited is part of a major effort to restore nearly 1,000 acres of former agricultural land back to wetlands and other habitat to benefit ducks and provide recreational opportunities. DU, Metroparks of the Toledo area, Ohio Division of Wildlife and others have worked since 2013 on the 987-acre property in Lucas County.
The first of two phases is now being constructed, which will restore 570 acres of coastal wetlands and 142 acres of forest and native warm season grass. The project reconnects the restored wetlands with Lake Erie while allowing for seasonal access by fish for spawning.
Metroparks will establish public use amenities, including boardwalks, observation and fishing platforms and canoe and kayak launches. Once restored, portions of Howard Marsh will be open to the public for waterfowl hunting.
DU provided the topographic survey and engineering design for the restoration of coastal wetlands and secured nearly $3 million in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding from NOAA to support the project.
Full completion is scheduled for 2018.