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Restoring Marshlands Preserves Waterfowl Habitats
Marsh terraces provide important habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife species.
They also slow wind and wave action, decreasing erosion and promoting marsh growth. That’s why Shell, through the Shell Marine Habitat Program, recently contributed $52,500 to an effort to restore marsh at four separate sites in southwest Louisiana.
The Black Lake Terracing Project, led by Ducks Unlimited, built more than 50 miles of marsh terraces to restore 2,500 acres of vital marsh habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. The terraces will also promote the growth of submerged aquatic vegetation, an important food resource for waterfowl.
The Shell Marine Habitat Program was among 16 partners in the $4.48 million coastal restoration project, which restored marsh at areas west of Hackberry, Louisiana, near Black Lake, and areas on the Cameron Prairie National Wildlife Refuge.