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aquatic plants in cul-de-sac wetland

Cul-de-sac Wetland

Aquatic plants like thalia, duck potato, and mud plantain occur in locations that are flooded longer through the growing season. These areas are valuable habitats that provide cover, bugs and snails to early fall migrating waterfowl. These areas are also used by wood duck broods, herps and native fish. The Cul-de-sac Unit at Otter Slough is a good example of where we’ve planted and managed water levels to promote this diverse wetland community.

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CWD Core Area Map

CWD Core Area Map

The olive-color box on this map shows the core area around where CWD has been found, and where MDC will be working with local landowners to reduce deer numbers. The core area is comprised of a 30-square-mile block along the northern part of the Linn- and Macon-county border and comprises about 2% of the counties’ total area.

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Photo of dirt pan construction at Duck Creek CA.

Dirt Pan Construction

Wetland topography generally doesn’t change more than 3 feet. However, the location of levees across that three feet of relief directly affects which areas can be flooded and by how much. With dirt pan construction, we are restoring the topography so we can better manage wetland habitat in Duck Creek Units A and B.

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Discover Nature Field Day with Snake at Reed Wildlife Area

Discover Nature Field Day with Snake at Reed Wildlife Area

Myla Johnson, 6, was curious about harmless snakes and their role in nature at the Discover Nature Field Day on June 25 at MDC's James A. Reed Memorial Wildlife Area in Lee’s Summit. Holding the snake is volunteer Christine Kline of Pleasant Hill, who is an organizer of the Wings Over Weston birding event.

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