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Dedication ceremony held for newly restored Michigan habitat

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The 66-acre Dusseau Tract of newly restored wetland and prairie grassland habitat was dedicated during a ceremony in mid-August. The tract is an incorporated part of the Erie State Game Area in Monroe County.

Ceremony attendees included Rep. John Dingell; Dustin Krasny from Rep. Tim Walberg’s office; Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff; and many other federal, state and local conservation partners.

The project was a cooperative project among Ducks Unlimited, the DNR and other conservation partners. Over the last several months, with DU’s help, the tract has been restored to wetlands after years as farmland and will provide a home for large numbers of waterfowl.

There was also a memorandum of understanding signed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and DNR stating that more than 13,600 acres of state and federal lands will be managed cooperatively in line with the 2001 conservation vision document and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. The agreement will allow the USFWS and DNR to work together to better manage the ecosystem, in cooperation with Canadian partners. Efforts will include collaboration on planning, research, monitoring and public use opportunities within the corridor.

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