Grand River Conservation Authority and MNR ask for public input on Marsh/Dam management plan

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Students attending the Luther Marsh Nature Centre image: www.grandriver.ca

Luther Marsh – a 6,000-hectare reservoir and wetland complex at the northern end of the Grand River – is one of the most significant natural areas in the watershed. The Grand River Conservation Authority and the Ministry of Natural Resources are looking for public feedback on how the property should be managed until 2019. They have drafted a new Management Plan for the property which is available for
public comment until April 30, 2012.
The plan can be seen on the GRCA website at www.grandriver.ca  A comment form can be downloaded from the website.

Cormorants nesting in the marsh photo: www.grandriver.ca

The plan provides an overview of the area including its physical condition, resources and uses. It describes the challenges and opportunities of managing such a big property as well as the management practices that need to be in place to preserve and enhance it. The new plan is one of a series that has guided management of the property since the 1970s.
The 1582-hectare Luther reservoir was created in 1952 by construction of a dam across Black Creek. The primary purpose is to augment low water flows in the Grand River, along with a minor flood control role. Coniferous and mixed plantations were planted around the periphery of the marsh. The newly created marsh attracted thousands of migratory waterfowl each autumn.

The Luther Marsh is also known as the "Bootlegger Bike Trail:

 
Today, the Luther Marsh Wildlife Management Area is a core of wetland habitats, including bogs, fens, swamps and marshes, augmented by a patchwork of upland forests, plantations, grasslands, rented farm fields, and recently restored habitats, which together make this the largest “core area” of primarily natural habitat in the watershed.

Further information:
Dave Schultz, GRCA Manager of Communications
Phone 519-621-2763 x2273 | Cell 519-658-3896 | Email dschultz@grandriver.ca | Web www.grandriver.ca

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