Allouez Bay Wild Rice Restoration

Purpose

The objective of this project is to implement 4-5 acres of small-scale wild rice restoration in the St. Louis River estuary. The Wild Rice Restoration Implementation Plan for the St. Louis River Estuary (Cardno, 2014) will be used to identify priority areas in the estuary where wild rice restoration involves efforts limited to seeding wild rice. Implementation of this wild rice restoration project will lead to increased quality of habitat and foraging opportunity for many Species of Greatest Conservation Need, increased wild rice harvesting opportunities in the St. Louis River estuary, and measurable progress towards delisting targets for Beneficial Use Impairments in the St. Louis River Area of Concern.

Objective

The objectives of this project will meet the following goals: •Improve quality of habitat and foraging opportunity for local wildlife species, especially the Black Tern (Endangered, Species of Greatest Conservation Need), and other Species of Greatest Conservation Need like Wood Turtle, Trumpeter Swan, Common Tern, Least Bittern, American Bittern, Blue-winged Teal, American Black Duck, Canvasback, Horned Grebe, and Red-necked Grebe. •Establish opportunities for harvest of wild rice in the St. Louis River estuary. •Implement the Wild Rice Restoration Implementation Plan for the St. Louis River Estuary (Cardno, 2014). •Make measurable progress towards delisting targets for Loss of Fish and Wildlife and Degraded Fish and Wildlife Populations BUIs. •Increase awareness of the ecological and cultural significance of wild rice in the St. Louis River.

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Proposal for wild rice restoration project for St. Louis River AOC 2015