Ducks Unlimited is partnered with State University of Brockport to continue to control invasive species at Braddock Bay Fish and Wildlife Management Area along the Ontario shoreline.
Since 2014, DU has been working on the 2,576-acre marsh complex to control invasive species infestations, restore marsh meadow, enhance natural water flows, improve fish and wildlife habitat and restore wetland structure. In April 2015, Ducks Unlimited completed Phase II, a 205-acre enhancement project.
Phase III will begin in fall on a nearly 11-acre plot of Buttonwood Creek, a tributary of Braddock Bay on Lake Ontario's south shore. The creek contains a rare fen community concealed by cattails that was discovered during the previous restoration activities. Invasive species dominate coastal marshes at Braddock Bay and limit the growth of native plants. Restoring and expanding this rare plant community will add to the species and habitat diversity of the Rochester Embayment wetlands and Lake Ontario.
Funding was awarded in fall 2015, with work slated to begin in summer 2016. Partnering on the project is State University of New York Brockport, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Town of Greece and private landowners.