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Partners unite for Lake Michigan Wetlands

Projects announced at Cat Island gathering
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  • Brian Glenzinski-Ducks Unlimited regional biologist, Paul Huberty - area chairman, Oconto County DU, Greg and Marsha Meissner-Door County DU, Bruce Deadman - Wisconsin DU 2013 volunteer conservationist of the year, Casey Eggleston - program officer, Fund for Lake Michigan, Doug Gorby - director of conservation programs, DU
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GREEN BAY, Wis. – June 23, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited and its partners gathered on Cat Island near Green Bay to announce three projects benefiting local Lake Michigan wetlands. The projects are part of a comprehensive, long-term strategy to restore and enhance wetland function in order to provide water quality improvements and other benefits for fish and wildlife.

“There are a lot of great things happening in the Green Bay area to improve wetlands and waterfowl habitat," said Brian Glenzinski, Ducks Unlimited regional biologist for the state of Wisconsin. “And we’re really amplifying our ability to impact this area by joining together."

Ducks Unlimited and its partners received grants for work on Cat Island, LH Barkhausen Waterfowl Preserve, and Dunes Lake. A grant for the project was awarded by the Fund for Lake Michigan, a private foundation. In addition, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service-Coastal Program released funds from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Funds will be used to create pike spawning marshes, add water control structures, implement revegetation strategies and for invasive species control measures. 

Casey Eggleston, program officer for the Fund for Lake Michigan, noted the significance of the day. “This is the Fund for Lake Michigan’s first partnership in Northeast Wisconsin, and it’s a pleasure to be working with groups like Ducks Unlimited and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay to make sure these valuable wetlands are functioning at the highest level possible." 

Local Ducks Unlimited members were on hand to hear details about upcoming work in the area.

Greg Meissner has been involved with the Door County DU chapter for more than thirty years. “The restoration needs of the Lower Green Bay area were brought to our attention several years ago. We would drive through the area and it was such a waste. What used to be a productive wetland was just choked, full of phragmites.

Meissner and his wife Marsha are also supporting DU financially through the organization’s Great Lakes Initiative, which targets conservation opportunities in the region. He sees the need for the on-the-ground projects in which DU is involved. “We live very close to Lake Michigan, it’s important to us, and it’s good to see all of these pieces coming together."  

"DU prides themselves on reaching out to a diverse community to support our conservation efforts.  We are more than pleased that the Fund for Lake Michigan chose to support DU's science-based effort in the ecological restoration of the Great Lakes," said Bruce Deadman, local attorney, Wisconsin Ducks Unlimited’s 2013 volunteer conservationist of the year. “Collaboration and partnerships among private foundations, DU members, and public and private agencies are what will give us a chance to fill the skies with waterfowl.  While traditional DU sportsman-conservationists have a special place in our hearts for the ducks, we always remember that productive habitat for waterfowl also benefits other wildlife and people."
 

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