GREEN BAY, Wis. – Aug. 22, 2013 – Ducks Unlimited and the Green Bay Packers hosted a gathering today at the Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve in Brown County. The group gathered to dedicate a wetland restoration that will provide spawning habitat for northern pike and other wetland-dependent species.
"It is truly a great day when we can celebrate collaborative achievements like these,” said DU CEO Dale Hall. "Too often we focus on getting the work done and don’t take time to thank everyone involved and recognize the accomplishment. This part of the country is so important to waterfowl, fisheries and the wetlands they depend on, and it takes partnerships like the one among DU, Brown County, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Green Bay Packers to make the most of opportunities for restoration and enhancement.”
The preserve was created by Louis Henry Barkhausen, DU’s third president, and is an important place for fish and wildlife. DU, Brown County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restored and enhanced degraded wetlands and waterways on the western shore of Green Bay at the popular recreation area. More than half of Green Bay’s wetlands have been lost, making conservation of remaining habitat a high priority.
"The Green Bay area is important to the Packers, and Barkhausen is a beautiful spot that we can all enjoy,” said Green Bay Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy. "Our area’s natural heritage is just one more thing that makes Green Bay great.”
Wetlands in the Great Lakes region serve many important functions. In addition to flood and erosion control, marshes provide clean water for drinking and recreation. The sport-fishing industry depends on wetlands for spawning habitat, and that business contributes more than $1 billion to the Great Lakes economy every year.