Protecting and Reconnecting Alpena’s Coastal Wetlands and Rare Species
Grant Recipient:

Grant Awarded:

$115,000

Lake Basin(s):

Huron

Project Location(s):

The Thunder Bay region, Alpena, MI

The Huron Pines Resource Conservation & Development Council will restore more than 350 acres of wetland and shoreline habitat around Alpena, Michigan by controlling invasive species, planting native buffers, and reconnecting upland and wetland habitat complexes. This work will improve habitat for rare coastal species, reduce nutrient inputs to Lake Huron, and improve the resilience of the native community. Through a collaborative approach, a partnership of agencies and nonprofit groups will work to remove invasive plants from high-priority habitat for rare and threatened species and improve native vegetation diversity and reduce nutrient inputs by planting native wetland and coastal vegetation. The partnership will also develop habitat restoration plans to increase nesting habitat for turtles and to protect hibernacula for eastern massasauga rattlesnake. Finally, the partnership will train community members to monitor and maintain restoration projects through workshops, workdays, and community visits. Expected outcomes of the project include 40 acres of reptile habitat complexes reconnected, 100 acres of dune and swale complex restored, reduction of nutrient inputs on 1000 feet of shoreline, and the 250 acres of wetland habitat enhanced. The restored landscape will strengthen the resilience of the wetland communities by improving native biodiversity and complexity of interconnected habitat types.

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