Paw Paw River Riparian Restoration
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Paw Paw River and its tributaries, Van Buren County, southwestern MI

The Nature Conservancy is restoring or enhancing riparian habitat and stream bank at key sites in the Paw Paw River watershed.  Restoration activities include control of invasive species with use of prescribed burning, mechanical clearing, and herbicide application as well as planting native vegetation.  This project is working to improve habitat in several riparian community types (e.g., prairie fens, floodplain forest, intermittent wetlands, southern hardwood swamp, southern wet meadow) and is contributing to many species of conservation concern, including eastern massasauga rattlesnake, cerulean warbler, prothonotary warbler, and the endangered Mitchell’s satyr.

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