Flint River WMA Enhancement Project

DU and GADNR complete wetland restoration project

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Before (left) and after (right) project construction.

Ducks Unlimited and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) recently completed a 215-acre wetlands restoration project on Flint River Wildlife Management Area in Dooly County, Ga. Ducks Unlimited partnered with the GADNR to plan and implement the restoration of 150 acres of wetlands and approximately 65 acres of adjacent hardwood forest. The project site was historically an emergent wetland and bottomland hardwood forest, but previous owners ditched, drained and cleared the site for agriculture. The site was converted to a loblolly pine forest in 1986. Since state acquisition in 1993, beaver dams have impounded water across the project site and on adjacent property during non-drought years. This inundation caused the pine trees to become stressed, with many dead or dying below the high-water mark at the site. Building on a history of partnership, GADNR approached DU to assist with restoration of this historic wetland. DU received a $75,000-Small NAWCA grant for the project, including pine tree removal, wetland vegetation restoration, water control infrastructure installation and habitat management.