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Wednesday, January 27 • 11:00am - 11:20am
Restoration of Wetland Vegetation in a Controlled Wetland - Bad Creek Unit Pointe Mouillee State Game Area

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AUTHORS: Zach Cooley*, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division; Joe Robison, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division

ABSTRACT: The Michigan DNR has 6 intensively managed wetland areas in southeast Michigan stretching from Lake Erie to Saginaw Bay. Good quality wetlands in the western Lake Erie coastal zone free of invasive species and woody vegetation are rare in today’s world. This particular habitat project is a 70 acre controlled wetland in the Bad Creek Unit of the Pointe Mouillee State Game Area on the shores of Lake Erie. Being able to manipulate water levels in controlled wetlands allows us to accomplish vegetative and wetland restorations through a combination of chemical applications, farming, grassland, and opening habitat maintenance techniques. Combining these techniques with specialized wetland management equipment allows us to transform overgrown early successional fields dominated by reed canary grass into moist soil/emergent wetlands. By manipulating the timing of drawdowns and the duration of flooding we can have an effect on the type of vegetation that gets established. We are in the final stages of our plan to kill and remove all of the woody vegetation and turn the fields of reed canary grass into desirable wetland vegetation. Controlled wetlands allow us the opportunity with the right tools and techniques to create and manage high quality wetlands with minimal invasive species and woody vegetation.

Wednesday January 27, 2016 11:00am - 11:20am EST