Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area - Tule Lake Restoration, Phase II

Ducks Unlimited, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and other partners worked together to complete the Tule Lake Phase II project on the Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area near LaGrande, Oregon. This project has resulted in the restoration of approximately 480 acres of prime waterfowl habitat and a substantial increase in public recreational opportunties on the Wildlife Area. A portion of the property is actually owned by the City of La Grande, but managed by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Ducks Unlimited completed a huge wetland restoration project on the site in 2004, constructing many miles of levees and wetland swales, and installing numerous water control structures. The project uses treated wastewater from the City of La Grande as one source of water to manage wetland habitats. The property is open to several public uses, including waterfowl hunting and birdwatching. During the spring and summer months, the project site includes an auto tour route and hiking trail. Other partners in this project included the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North American Wetlands Conservation Council.