Ducks Unlimited, Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, Conservation Resource Alliance and other partners restored and protected the ecology of lower Bowens Creek and Arcadia Marsh within 0.7 miles of the Lake Michigan shoreline. The project goals include: restoration of fish passage to 11 miles of Bowens Creek by replacing 10 culverts; restoration of one mile of channelized stream by redirecting it to its natural watercourse; restoration of 307 acres of coastal marsh through sediment removal and invasive species control. These actions will improve and protect habitat and connectivity for several native fish and migratory bird species.
“The Arcadia Marsh/Bowens Creek restoration is a project that has meaningful impact on the surrounding landscape, but it was not without challenges that were out of anyone’s control,” said Dane Cramer, Michigan regional biologist for Ducks Unlimited. “The willingness and flexibility of National Fish and Wildlife Foundation administrators to accommodate some special circumstances and other requests for grant modifications required to successfully implement such a diverse and challenging project was invaluable. The success of this project is due in large part to the role that the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation played in the partnership.”