Ducks Unlimited and a team of conservation partners started several restoration projects in lower Green Bay and along the Green Bay west shore to enhance coastal wetland habitat for fish and wildlife, and improve the health of the bay.
The team includes members from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University of Wisconsin-Extension, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited and others.
Activities began this spring and will continue through the fall of 2019. The diverse projects will help people as well as wildlife and include:
- Wild rice seeding and planting of native aquatic plants.
- Enhancement of marsh habitat for waterfowl and northern pike at the Ken Euers Natural Area in Green Bay.
- Engineered log jams in lower Green Bay to protect the shoreline from waves and enhance fish and wildlife habitat.
- Development of a fish and wildlife habitat management plan for lower Green Bay with input from local conservation professionals, which will establish management priorities and restoration goals for the area behind the Cat Island wave barrier including the Duck Creek Delta.
These improvements will benefit the Green Bay community through enhanced recreation opportunities, water quality benefits and resiliency in the battle against invasive plants along the shoreline like non-native phragmites.
A new conservation position was created at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to help lead the projects. Amy Carrozzino-Lyon was recently hired as Green Bay Restoration Project Coordinator.
Carrozzino-Lyon has a background in fish and wildlife conservation, habitat and invasive species management, and environmental outreach and communication which will lend itself to organizing the effort to restore critical wetland and aquatic habitats in the Green Bay ecosystem.
Grant funds from Sustain Our Great Lakes, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program and the Fox River/Green Bay Natural Resources Trustee Council will support the restoration projects.