Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Connecticut

The Partners Program in Connecticut is administered from the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Westbrook, Connecticut. Since 1991, the Partners Program and Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection have worked together to protect and restore wetlands for the benefit of migratory birds and other wetland-associated wildlife. Habitat restoration in Connecticut has focused primarily on restoring degraded tidal salt marshes along the coast. Restoration activities have included removing old dredge spoil material to reestablish the original marsh elevation, replacing damaged or undersized culvert pipes, cleaning out existing ditches to reestablish tidal flow and selectively using herbicides in targeted areas to control less desirable, invasive plants such as phragmites.

Coastal habitat restoration has focused on restoring degraded tidal saltmarshes through a variety of techniques including dredge spoil removal, replacement of undersized culverts to provide adequate tidal exchange, and selective herbicides to control phragmites, an invasive grass. These integrated management techniques involve the creation of interconnected, shallow water channels and pannes (small, open water areas within a saltmarsh) in the marsh to reestablish the hydrology of the marsh and provide habitat for small fish that feed on mosquito larva.

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Contact Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Connecticut


Contact Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in Connecticut

Richard Potvin
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
733 Old Clinton Road
P. O. Box 1030
Westbrook, Connecticut  06498
Phone: 860 399-2513
Fax: 860 399-2515


 

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Statewide Program in:
  • Connecticut