Goose Pond partnership moves forward

Ducks Unlimited and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources completed another enhancement project on Indiana's Goose Pond Fish and Wildlife Area near Linton that will help a diverse number of wildlife species.

The original Goose Pond was an active, healthy wetland created thousands of years ago by glaciers retreating across the landscape. The natural, thriving habitat was pumped and drained for development and agriculture over the last century.

Today, efforts are underway to restore the area's productive wetlands for wildlife and people. The IDNR purchased the 8,034-acre property in October 2005 and Ducks Unlimited has worked on several projects there over the last decade.

The most recent project restored 40 acres, including a mixture of shallow wetlands and a short-grass prairie buffer. Ducks Unlimited Biologist Michael Sertle said the ability for DU to participate in this project came directly from DU supporters.

"The funding generated from the sale of Ducks Unlimited Indiana license plates allowed DU to provide full survey and engineering support to the department of natural resources on the Goose Pond enhancement," he said.