Fowles Marsh Habitat Restoration
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Fowles Marsh in the Rocky River watershed in Cuyahoga County, OH

Cleveland Metroparks, in collaboration with Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, Rocky River Watershed Council, Case Western Reserve University and Baldwin Wallace College, are implementing an ecosystem approach to restore wetland functions and habitat on 60 acres of Fowles Marsh.  The Lake Abram wetlands, including Fowles Marsh, is the largest remaining wetland complex in Cuyahoga County.  Over the past century, lake areas and deepwater marsh have decreased substantially due to drainage and past farming activities.  A substantial portion of the complex is dominated by narrow-leaved cattail and reed canary grass.  Reestablishment of open water and shallow marsh habitats, control of invasive plants, and restoration of a diverse wetland plant community are improving the habitats for waterfowl, wading birds, and migratory songbirds and make this area the best birding location in Cuyahoga County.

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