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Project protects valuable bird habitat
|Project Summary: A land purchase in northern Wisconsin increased public access to the Lake Michigan shoreline and protected valuable bird habitat.|
Project name: Mashek Creek property acquisition.
Location: Pierce, Wisconsin, about 24 miles east of Green Bay.
Description: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to acquire a parcel of land where Mashek Creek flows into Lake Michigan. The property includes 1,700 feet of Lake Michigan shoreline and 1,400 feet of frontage on both sides of Mashek Creek. Wooded areas on the site provide stopover habitat for neo-tropical migratory birds and raptors that move along the shores of Lake Michigan. Salmon and steelhead migrate into the creek from Lake Michigan, creating fishing opportunities. The acquisition provided the first public parcel along the shores of Lake Michigan in Kewaunee County. The land buy protected the site’s ecological values and provided new recreational opportunities and educational programs.
Approximate cost of project: $1.1 million. The National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources each contributed $398,000 toward the purchase price. The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative provided the NOAA funds.
Resource challenges addressed: Loss of migratory bird habitat, public access to the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Key partners (public and private): Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Types of jobs created: Property appraiser, mortgage broker, land acquisition specialists.
Results and accomplishments: The purchase increased public access to the Lake Michigan shoreline while protecting an ecologically valuable parcel of coastline, forest and Mashek Creek.
Web site: http://1.usa.gov/11CJBU9
Originally Published: June 16, 2013