This Old House
from the Mingo Jobs Corps were used to doing cheap levee work over there. Plans for developing the rest of Unit B have been around since the early '90s, but have collected dust on a shelf. Just like a few finished rooms done by different tenants in an unfinished basement, the area might work, but the space probably isn’t utilized to its highest potential.
Unit A has its management issues. Certain locations are never flooded (northwest corner, just east of H Pool), while other spots have to be flooded deeper than they should be just to get water to other portions of the pool. This means that food for waterfowl isn’t available to ducks in certain sections, therefore decreasing the amount of quality habitat that we can provide. Additionally, steep cross levees and adjacent borrows are locations for undermining muskrats to cause continual maintenance problems. Although the borrows provide deeper open water, they don’t function as huntable habitat because they are located along the edges of the pool.
In order to maximize our space, we have had to knock down a few walls, or in this case, levees, to rearrange the layout of Units A and B. We have taken a major ditch out and moved it over to take advantage of the natural fall of the land. Flooded habitat will be extended further west into Unit B, which will provide a few additional hunting spots as well as allow us to reliably flood the ground around the old goose pits. The new distribution channel will allow us to move water to the pools without having to flood any one unit too deep. The northern corner of Unit A will know be capable of being flooded. Levees will be less tempting to muskrats because of gradual 10:1 side-slopes. Borrowed areas will be in the middle of the pools and function as early flooded habitat and deeper pockets of water later in the season.
Will this look different? You bet, but will there be more shallowly flooded ground and less problems in getting water from point A to B, literally.
Enclosing the Sun Porch: expanding use and opportunity.
There are portions on Duck Creek that have the potential to be developed further for wetland management. The two recent acquisitions along the east side of Duck Creek and the Grim tract (timber south of Ditch 106 and Pool 1) are such locations. Just like screening in a