Lower Menominee River AOC Riparian Vegetation Survey, Analysis and Recommendations (CAP_2_2011)

Purpose

Little baseline information is available on riparian vegetation in the Lower Menominee River AOC. Prior mapping efforts do not include potentially restorable wetlands, Michigan wetlands, existing plant communities, or their acreages. Without this information it is difficult to set numeric restoration targets for the Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat BUI, and estimate how a restoration or protection project would benefit the delisting effort (i.e. project X restores 1.2 acres of spawning habitat, and therefore the Loss of Fish and Wildlife Habitat BUI is 27% closer to being delisted). In addition, the flora of undisturbed portions of the project area is unknown. These undisturbed areas may contain unique habitats or rare plant species whose populations could be enhanced, restored, or protected through future management activities within the AOC.

Objective

A survey of the riparian vegetation will document the size and distribution of potentially restorable wetlands and existing plant communities within the AOC, and a comprehensive survey of the project area’s islands and/or other high quality habitats will determine if rare plant species occur within the project boundaries. Work will be contracted to an entity selected through simplified bid process. Bids will be on the proposed scope of services outlined below. Location: Community mapping will be completed one-hundred meters landward from the banks within the Lower Menominee River AOC including riverfront, lakeshore, and eight riverine islands (excluding Green Island). Comprehensive plant surveys will be conducted on the eight islands or other high quality habitats identified during the community mapping. Survey Work and Data Analysis: A quality assurance plan for survey methods and data analysis must be submitted and approved prior to start of survey work. Vegetation survey must delineate vegetative communities, assign community descriptors consistent with those used by the Natural Heritage Inventory Natural Community Descriptors (http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/er/communities/pdfs/communities.pdf) and identify the dominant plant species of each community. Surveyed vegetation communities will be reported as a geodatabase. Data analysis will identify the highest quality and most restorable communities in the AOC. Surveys of the riverine islands and/or other high quality habitats will include a comprehensive species list and occur over two different seasons (one survey in late spring/early summer and the second in late summer/early fall).

Outcome

Reporting: The final report will include results of vegetative survey work and data analysis, as well as results of the comprehensive species survey. The report will also include suggested habitat protection and restoration actions based on survey results, and results of the aquatic vegetation survey (provided to consultant). All ArcGIS data will be submitted electronically along with the final report. The combined results of the riparian and aquatic vegetation surveys will be presented to the Citizen Advisory Committee prior to submission of the final grant report. A summary of the highest quality/ most restorable vegetation communities and the comprehensive survey results will be included in the presentation. Deliverables: •Quality assurance project plan •Geodatabase containing all survey data •Final report including method, survey data, and suggested habitat protection and restoration actions. •Present survey results and report suggestions to the CAC.

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CAP_2_2011
2011
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Reports and Documents
Lower Menominee River Vegetation Survey QAPP Amendment
Attachment to QAPP amendment.
QAPP with Signatures
Application for grant
 
Activities & Recommendations
Restore Riparian Habitat