West shore of Green Bay Northern Pike Habitat Project

Purpose

Continue the work on habitat restoration for Northern Pike through buffer installations, removal of barriers and critical area plantings along tributaries in Brown and Oconto Counties.

Objective

The northern pike (Esox lucius) is Wisconsin’s second largest predator fish and is an important part of the Green Bay ecosystem and fish community. Northern pike have become scarce in Green Bay due to wetland habitat losses of as high as 70 percent. In addition, fish encounter passage obstacles when leaving Green Bay to find spawning marshes or when fry migrate back to Green Bay.

Outcome

During 2007, 2008, and 2009, the Brown County LWCD has been successful in restoring northern pike habitat on private land in the Suamico and Little Suamico watersheds. To date, approximately 14 miles of stream corridor has benefited from this project: 5 miles enhanced and protected and another 9 miles made accessible for migrating fish through the removal of stream impediments. Other accomplishments include: 18 acres of wetland (spawning marshes installed, 13 acres of vegetative riparian buffers, and 21 acres of critical area plantings. This proposal seeks funding to continue this work in Brown County and to support the transference of this project success to other western Green Bay locales in both Brown and Oconto Counties.

QA Measures

Run Project Summary Report

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Habitat
GLRI_00E00696-0
2010
Active
 
Reports and Documents
 
Activities & Recommendations
Grant Awarded
Continue the work on habitat restoration for Northern Pike through buffer installations, removal of barriers and critical area plantings along tributaries in Brown and Oconto Counties.