Project Title & Description
Restoring Habitats of Southwest Michigan Endangered Species
This project supports the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement pursuant to Public Law 111-88. Specifically, this project will remove invasive species, establish native flora, reintroduce historic fire regimes, monitor results, and conduct outreach activities. These activities will (a) restore approximately 1,500 acres of prairie fen and associated upland habitats; and (b) benefit an additional 500 acres of surrounding forest and wetlands within the Kalamazoo River Watershed. Prairie fens and associated uplands (historically oak dominated savanna) are critical habitats for several state and federally listed species, and this project will address habitat needs of 16 state and federally listed plant and animal species. It will also improve physical, chemical, and biological processes and ecosystem functions, and will help maintain or improve conditions for native fish and wildlife.