Ducks Unlimited will restore 400 acres of coastal wetland habitat at Presque Isle State Park through the control of invasive species and planting of native vegetation. This work will improve habitat structure and complexity, hydrologic connectivity, and water quality, which will benefit the Park’s species of fishes, amphibians, reptiles, marsh birds, and native plants. This project builds upon the success of a previous Sustain Our Great Lakes grant to treat invasive plant species through the continued treatment of large stands of invasive plants, such as Phragmites australis and narrow-leaved and hybrid cattail. In addition, this project will also replant treated areas with native species. Monitoring data will be collected within the treated areas on the seed bank, native plant reestablishment, and on amphibian, fish, and bird use. By treating and restoring the coastal wetlands, the project will protect formerly treated areas, improve native habitat structure and complexity, and restore hydrologic connectivity.
coastal wetlands at Thompson and Presque Isle Bay