AUTHORITY: Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration, (Section 506, WRDA 2000)
DESCRIPTION: This potential project is located just east of Michigan City, Indiana. The Ambler Flatwoods restoration study is investigating a 351 acre mosaic of northern flatwoods, isolated and connected ephemeral ponds and rivulets, sedge meadow, oak savanna, open forest, forested wetland and stream habitats. The goal of the project is to restore the stream, ephemeral woodland pools and rivulets, and associated riparian habitats in support of invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and migratory bird species. FY12 GLRI funds were used for feasibility-level study of the project which may be ready to start construction in FY15.
BENEFITS: Benefits include restoring stream, ephemeral woodland pools and rivulets, and associated riparian plant communities in support of Great Lakes invertebrates, fishes, amphibians, reptiles, and migratory bird species.
CURRENT STATUS: The Determination of Federal Interest (DFI) report was initiated in November 2012 and approved in May 2013. Project is on hold until method of real estate acquisition is determined for all parcels and funds are available.