Presque Isle State Park, Erie Bluffs State Park, Little Elk Creek forest and Roderick Wildlife Reserve will get protection from invasive species and restoration and enhancement of wetlands and upland habitat through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
Ducks Unlimited and other partners will work on 392 acres at the four locations within the Lake Erie watershed.
“This project is representative of the tremendous opportunity to restore wildlife habitat, water quality, and quality of life in the Lake Erie watershed,” said Kurt Anderson, DU regional biologist. “Specifically, this project will engage a variety of partnerships to restore and enhance diverse areas of shoreline, emergent wetlands, sand barrens and sand plains, forested habitats, and will reduce the threat from aquatic and terrestrial invasive species.”
Sustain Our Great Lakes provided $632,603 in funding, and the Atlantic Coast Joint Venture awarded $101,858.
“This area is a real gem,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-3rd Dist. “Controlling invasive species improves habitat for wildlife, and it benefits the community by maintaining local game fish such as walleye and yellow perch. It’s a major recreational hub and generates a lot of economic activity.”
Work on the project is expected to begin this summer.