Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area - West Marsh Restoration Project

DU and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will design and implement a project to restore and enhance approximately 330 acres of wetlands on the West Marsh Unit of Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. The project is located on the west side of Interstate 84 approximately three miles southeast of LaGrande, Oregon. Over two miles of levees will be constructed or repaired and a large water control structure installed. These facilities will greatly improve management capability of the marsh, improving habitat conditions for waterfowl, sandhill cranes and elk. While most of this particular unit is managed as the main "refuge" on the Wildlife Area, and is not open to hunting, the project does include two new wetlands in an area that is open to public hunting. These two wetlands will provide the first opportunity for waterfowl hunters to hunt over water on that portion of the Wildlife Area located west of the Interstate. Funding for this project is coming from Ducks Unlimited, state waterfowl stamp funds, and a grant secured by DU under the North American Wetlands Conservation Act. The project should be completed in the fall of 2005.