Eastern Massasauga Habitat Restoration and Public Education
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Fleming Creek within the Huron River Watershed in Washtenaw County, MI

The Regents of the University of Michigan and partners enhanced 65 acres of floodplain, fen and adjacent uplands along Fleming Creek in southeastern Michigan to improve habitat for massasauga and other rare plants and wildlife.  Invasive plants were controlled with herbicide and prescribed burning.  Disease-resistant elms were planted within the project area.  In addition, two educational workshops and six interpretive signs constructed at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens helped inform local conservationists and the public about restoration values and techniques.  This project is expected to benefit several species of conservation concern, including massasauga, northern leopard frog, Duke’s skipper, red-sided dace, and small white lady’s-slipper.

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