Oak Openings Interagency Restoration Team – II
Grant Recipient:

Grant Awarded:

$869,188

Lake Basin(s):

Erie

Project Location(s):

Lakeplain Oak Openings of the Western Lake Erie Basin, including Monroe, Wayne, Washtenaw counties in MI and Lucas, Fulton, Henry, and Wood counties in OH

The Nature Conservancy and partners are conducting habitat restoration on 1,125 acres of wetlands and associated uplands on public and private lands within the Lakeplain Oak Openings region in Ohio.  Restoration goals include: 1) selective cutting of invasive tree and shrub species followed by cut stump herbicide treatment; 2) multiple targeted foliar herbicide applications on herbaceous invasive species; and 3) application of prescribed fire to control invasive species and promote growth and seed production of the native vegetation.  Through this work, the project is contributing to the improvement of habitat within the Maumee River Areas of Concern and contributing to the recovery of to species of concern, including the federally endangered Karner blue butterfly, federally threatened eastern prairie fringed orchid, and state-listed species such as Blanding’s turtle and blue-spotted salamander.

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