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Tuesday, January 29 • 11:40am - 12:00pm
(SYMPOSIA-08) A Decade of Privately Owned Wetland Restorations in the Lake Erie Marsh Focus Area

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AUTHORS: Jeff Finn, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Mark Witt, Ohio Division of Wildlife, Joe Uhinck, Ottawa County Soil and Water Conservation District ABSTRACT: The wetland habitat of the Western Basin of Lake Erie has endured significant loss since the settlement of Europeans in the area.  Some estimates put the loss at over 90%.  The area is listed as a crucial element in the U.S. Shorebird Conservation Plan and significant in the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Joint Venture plans of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan.  The importance of coastal and interior wetlands has become increasingly apparent due to recent water quality issues within the Western Basin of Lake Erie.  There are a variety of agencies and organizations that have been working together to restore wetlands within the Lake Erie Marsh Focus Area.  Ohio Division of Wildlife, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, and Ottawa County Soil and Water Conservation District have worked together to create a cumulative effect that is transforming much of this area from farmed or degraded land, to productive wetland habitat.                 Accomplishments are often measured on an annual basis, taking a snapshot of what has occurred within a given year.  The cumulative effect of restoration efforts is not readily apparent unless one takes the time to capture and quantify what each organization or agency has accomplished over a longer period of time.  The most important factor may not be the influx of government agencies but the willingness of landowners to restore wetland habitat on privately owned land.    What motivates each of these landowners can be vastly different.  Monetary incentives, recreational opportunities like hunting and trapping, or simply having a conservation ethic to restore habitat are all drivers that motivate landowners to restore habitat. 

Tuesday January 29, 2019 11:40am - 12:00pm

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