|Title||Wetland protection priorities and restoration opportunities in the Sheboygan River Basin: Development and application of wetland functional assessment|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Institution||The Nature Conservancy|
In May 2009 The Nature Conservancy—in partnership with conservation agencies, organizations, practitioners, and the Kohler Trust for Preservation—released a watershed-based conservation mapping tool for the Sheboygan River Basin (Wagner et al. 2009). In June 2009, staff members from the Conservancy met with partners to use the mapping tool as the basis for identifying two subwatersheds important for wetland conservation—Kiel Marsh and Upper Mullet River—that overlapped with the goals and activities of conservation partners. Methods were then developed and applied within the selected subwatersheds to prioritize site-specific protection opportunities and to identify restoration potential. These methods focus on wetlands, in recognition of the important role they play in conserving biodiversity and performing functions that maintain the inherent values of watersheds and the health and well-being of people. These functions include flood abatement, water quality, wildlife habitat, fish habitat, heritage values, floral diversity, and shoreline protection.
This report presents the results of these activities in Upper Mullet River and Kiel Marsh
1. An overview of the approach and context of this project, with recommendations for wetland protection and restoration.
2. Methods behind the prioritization of protection opportunities. This second part is intended as a stand-alone "how to" guide for application of these methods in other watersheds.