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Marsh magic.

Central Michigan's Huron-Manistee has a new housing project for water birds, ruffed grouse, beaver, whitetail deer, and sandhill cranes.

Each spring Tuttle Marsh is now ready and waiting for the arrival of mallards, Canada geese, and bluewing teal-thanks to cooperation among the Forest Service, Ducks Unlimited, and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Development of this waterfowl habitat sets an important example, according to jeff Nelson, chief biologist of Ducks Unlimited.

His group and the Forest Service shared the total cost of $269,000, which went to pay for a 3.8-mile network of ditches and a 400-acre marsh impoundment with a water-level-control structure and 34 earthen nesting islands. In the future the habitat will be enlarged by the addition of small potholes and via prescribed burns to reduce the overgrowth of willow and alder brush. An elevated viewing platform will enhance visitors' opportunities for birdwatching, nature study, and photography.

Wildlife experts look for i and goose populations to increase at least tenfold. Says Jerry McCormick, the former forest supervisor of the Huron-Manistee, "We can do much more as a team by pooling our funds i and energy."
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Title Annotation:Focus: Partners for the Land; Central Michigan's Huron-Manistee has a new housing project for waterfowl
Author:Anderson, Barb
Publication:American Forests
Date:Nov 1, 1990
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