The U.S. Interior Department will provide the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to help conserve or restore more than 300,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, songbirds, and other birds across North America, including projects around Wyoming.
One of those projects will be conducted by Wyoming Game and Fish Department Game Department in partnership with Ducks Unlimited on a new wetlands’ enhancement project at the South Park Wildlife Habitat Management Area, approximately five miles south of Jackson.
The purpose of the project is to restore existing wetlands as well as develop additional seasonal shallow water wetlands in old river oxbows within the cottonwood gallery. The local project will include construction of small levees in key locations along with up-to-date water control structures that will allow more efficient water management and fish passage.
In addition to enhancing the habitat value for wildlife, the project aims to improve the watershed condition and function by providing additional filtration for water from the surrounding lands and effluent from the Town of Jackson wastewater treatment facility. Work on the project begins Monday.