OAK HARBOR, OH – An extensive restoration and enhancement project at the Magee Marsh Wildlife Area will necessitate cancellation of the area’s controlled waterfowl hunt for the 2011-2012 waterfowl hunting season according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), Division of Wildlife.

The temporary closure of the area will result in decades of improved wetland management capabilities on Magee Marsh and enhanced waterfowl hunting opportunities in the future. However, completing the restoration work will require the drawdown of water from the eastern and southern wetland units on a temporary basis. This project affects 392 acres of coastal wetlands on Magee Marsh Wildlife Area, securing the main water supply to 282 acres of hemi-marsh and semi-permanent wetlands by restoring the structural integrity of the main water supply channel levee. Another benefit of the effort is the restoration of wetland hydrology to three wetlands including a 60 acre forested wetland and 50 acres of emergent marsh habitats adjacent to the forested wetland.

This project is a cooperative effort between the Ohio Division of Wildlife and Ducks Unlimited, and is funded through a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Joint Venture Habitat Restoration and Protection Grant and funds generated from the sale of the Ohio Wetland Habitat Stamp.

Opportunities for sportsmen and women will still be available during the special teal and early Canada goose season in September. A drawing for these seasons is scheduled for Saturday, August 20, 2011 at the Lake Erie Waterfowler’s Festival.

Daily drawings for waterfowl hunting opportunities for the remainder of the 2011-2012 waterfowl hunting season will be held when the project is completed, but a completion date for this project has not been determined.

For information about Ohio’s wildlife, visit wildohio.com, find the Division of Wildlife on Facebook, or follow updates on Twitter.

The ODNR ensures a balance between wise use and protection of our natural resources for the benefit of all. Visit the ODNR Web site at www.ohiodnr.com.

Contact:

Patrick Baranowski, Magee Marsh Wildlife Area

419. 898. 0960 ext 30

Bob Ford, Division of Wildlife, northwest Ohio

419. 424. 8361

Jason Fallon, ODNR Office of Communications

614. 265. 6842

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