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Date:
March 16, 2006
For More Information Contact:
Tom Malmstrom, Parks and Recreation, 441-2729


RESTORATION WORK TO BEGIN AT SHOEMAKER MARSH

The Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department will soon begin work to preserve saline wetlands and adjacent habitats at Frank Shoemaker Marsh, a 160-acre area north of Interstate 80 along 27th Street. In the next few weeks, scrub trees will be removed in a selected area to enhance wetland and prairie habitat. The marsh, which contains more than 50 acres of saline wetlands, is owned and managed by the City of Lincoln. The public recreation area provides habitat for a variety of wildlife and plant species.

“Frank Shoemaker Marsh provides a diversity of habitat including eastern saline wetlands, deciduous woodland and prairie,” said Terry Genrich, Natural Resources Manager for Parks and Recreation. “The conceptual design for wetland restoration at the marsh does include selective tree removal to enhance wetland and prairie habitat. We do understand the public concerns about tree removal, but removal of woody vegetation in certain areas of the site will enhance other natural areas.” Genrich said precautions will be taken to minimize the effect of restoration activities on wildlife habitat.

Future restoration projects in the marsh will enhance and restore degraded wetland systems and prevent further stream degradation while maintaining and developing habitat for endangered species. Management of upland prairie and deciduous woodlands will complement the restored wetland systems.

For more information on Frank Shoemaker Marsh, see the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (go to Parks, Natural Resources and Greenways and click on Saline Wetlands Conservation); call 441-7847; or send an email to parks@lincoln.ne.gov.


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