Ducks Unlimited recently completed wetland enhancement work on the Island and Elm pools on Uihlein Waterfowl Production Area (WPA) in Winnebago County, Wisconsin
. DU has a long history of partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)–Leopold Wetland Management District to conserve waterfowl habitat
. This project puts the finishing touches on nearly two decades of combined efforts to enhance all of the managed wetlands at this 1,926-acre WPA.
Construction work, conducted by Krause Excavating, included the installation of three water-control structures and the rehabilitation of approximately 20,000 feet of existing dike. These efforts enhanced 321 acres of shallow emergent wetlands and restored the USFWS's ability to manage water levels and aquatic vegetation for breeding and migrating waterfowl
, shorebirds, wading birds, and other wetland-dependent wildlife. In cooperation with the USFWS, DU conducted a topographical survey, developed an engineering design, and managed project construction. Funding was provided by the USFWS–Leopold Wetland Management District, the USFWS Coastal Program–Great Lakes, the Fox River–Green Bay Natural Resources Trustee Council, and DU.