Wildwood Island Restoration

Purpose

The purpose of the project is to improve stabilize the banks to reduce loss of riparian habitat and sedimentation, control invasive species, and to improve fish and wildlife habitat within the riparian floodplain. The project includes using bioengineered bank stabilization techniques to stabilize approximately 1,500 linear feet of eroding banks. Approximately 15 acres of invasive species (phragmites, buckthorn, and purple loosestrife) will be managed removed using herbicide treatment. Undesireable tree species (box elder, willow, and cottonwood)will be cut and stumps treated with herbicide to control regrowth. Treated areas will be replanted by seeding native wetland to mesic plant species and planting areas with native fruiting tree and shrubs. An approximate 3 acre backwater complex will be enhanced for waterfowl and northern pike spawning habitat. Currently this area lacks emergent vegetation. Native emergent plants will be planted on the periphery of this area to provide food and cover for fish and wildlife and suitable aquatic vegetation to increase northern pike spawning success. Additional three years of monitoring and management is proposed to promote establishment of the desired plant communities. Management is expected to include 1-year replacement of planted materials and spot herbicide treatment of the target invasive species.

Objective

• Stabilize approximately 1,500 linear feet sloughing banks on and adjacent to the island to protect existing riparian habitats. • Remove target invasive species (phragmites, purple loosestrife, and buckthorn) from approximately 15 acres to improve wildlife habitat. • Establish approximately 3 acres of emergent vegetation to enhance northern pike spawning habitat. • Improve habitat for resident and migratory birds including waterfowl, terns, black-crowned night heron, green heron, songbirds and raptors.

Outcome

• Managing invasive species and restoring 15 acres of wildlife habitat on Wildwood Island and surrounding riparian areas. • Establishing three acres of emergent vegetation suitable for fish spawning habitat. • Stabilizing 1500 feet of riparian and island shoreline.

QA Measures

Run Project Summary Report

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative
Habitat
GLRI-00E00876-sub5
2011
Active
 
Reports and Documents
Quarterly Report
Quarterly Report
QAPP with signatures
SWIMS project summary for GLRI-00E00876-sub5 Wildwood Island area restoration in the Sheboygan River AOC (Q1-2 report).
 
Activities & Recommendations
Habitat Restoration - Instream
The purpose of the project is to improve stabilize the banks to reduce loss of riparian habitat and sedimentation, control invasive species, and to improve fish and wildlife habitat within the riparian floodplain.