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Dan Ditscheit, Director of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, City of Green Bay email@example.com, 920-448-3381
Amy Carrozzino-Lyon, UW Green Bay, firstname.lastname@example.org, 920-465-5029
Improvement Project at Ken Euers Nature Area underway
A transformation is underway at the Ken Euers Nature Area on the Lower Green Bay shoreline. Visitors to the site will notice construction activities that will improve opportunities for hiking, bird watching, fishing, and scenic views of the Lower Bay. Updates to the city owned property will also provide benefits for the birds, fish, and other wildlife that use the nature area.
The dike system that hold water to maintain the coastal wetlands at the site are currently being repaired and upgraded. Trees have been removed and upgrades to the dike will improve safety and stability. These repairs will allow for more water level management to not only prevent invasive vegetation species from reestablishing, but also provide better quality habitat for the wildlife. The trees removed will be repurposed for other habitat projects in the area.
“Ken Euers Natural Area was historically a very prominent wetland for the region. By teaming up with various project partners we are able to begin bringing some of the elements back that have been lost throughout the years.” notes Mayor Genrich – City of Green Bay.
Visitors may see a variety of wildlife when they visit the Ken Euers Nature Area. A short hike on the trail during the summer months may lead to seeing monarchs congregating along the shoreline, egrets feeding in the wetlands, and frogs and toads hopping into the water. “While Ducks Unlimited is often focused on waterfowl habitat, projects like this have far reaching benefits to other wildlife and fish, along with positive impacts for the community. People often recognize the obvious recreational and aesthetic benefits, but these wetlands perform a broad suite of ecological services, from stormwater storage to water quality improvements,” notes Brian Glenzinski, Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist.
The park was officially set aside by the city in 1976 in the area known locally as Atkinson’s Marsh. It was later named the Kenneth Euers Nature Area. Mr. Euers was a local conservationist and member of the Brown County Conservation Alliance who actively worked with youth to encourage the conservation of local natural resources.
The local contractor selected for the project, Peters Concrete of Green Bay, began working on site this summer with expected project completion later this year. During project construction, some areas of the Ken Euers Nature Area will be closed to public use for the safety of visitors. All necessary permits have been secured with state and federal agencies.
Project partners include the City of Green Bay, Ducks Unlimited, US Fish and Wildlife Service, UW-Green Bay, and other conservation partners. Funding to support the marsh project was awarded to Ducks Unlimited by the Fox River-Green Bay Natural Resource Trustee Council, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – Sustain Our Great Lakes, and the Fund for Lake Michigan.