DU gets money to improve Toussaint in northwest Ohio
Ohio got some good news this week on the waterfowling front.
Ducks Unlimited was awarded $559,177 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to enhance 380 acres at coastal wetlands in Michigan and Ohio important to waterfowl, recreation, and wildlife.
The projects will improve Michigan’s St. John’s Marsh and Ohio’s Toussaint Wildlife Area in northwest Ohio. The funding is part of $1.58 million awarded under the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act grant program to restore sustainable populations of fish and wildlife resources, and their habitats, in the Great Lakes Basin. Eight projects were funded.
“Ducks Unlimited relies on the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act as an invaluable resource to protect and restore wetlands,” said David Brakhage, Ducks Unlimited Great Lakes/Atlantic Regional Director. “The coastal restoration projects at St. John’s Marsh in Michigan and Toussaint Wildlife Area in Ohio are examples of conservation benefiting not only waterfowl and wildlife habitat but also recreational opportunities for people.”
The $599,177 will be split between the Michigan and Ohio projects. Both projects are scheduled to be complete within two years.
Toussaint Wildlife Area – A popular public use area owned by the Ohio Division of Wildlife, Toussaint is managed to provide coastal wetland habitat for wildlife and outdoor recreation. Toussaint was formerly a waterfowl hunt club. This project will enhance 85 acres of coastal wetlands by reconnecting the area to the Toussaint River and improving outdated infrastructure. The upgrades will improve seasonal fish access and habitat for waterfowl. This is part of a 125-acre restoration program which received $600,000 in funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Since 1998, the restoration act has provided more than $24.4 million dollars in federal funding to 157 research and restoration projects. When combined with required matching funds, this equals to more than $36.1 million worth of benefits to Great Lakes fish, wildlife and the habitats they depend on. More than 100 organizations have contributed more than $11.7 million in matching non-federal partner support.