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Posted 11/10/2015

Release no. 15-069

Allen Marshall
(309) 794-5204

ROCK ISLAND, Illinois - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rock Island District, in cooperation with its partners at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Fox Island Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project November 13 at 1 p.m.

The public is welcome to attend the event which will celebrate the completion of a project that ensures the restoration of an historic wetland. The Fox Island Habitat Rehabilitation and Enhancement Project is located immediately downstream from Alexandria, Missouri, on the Mississippi River.

The $5.2 million Fox Island project is part of the Upper Mississippi River Restoration (UMRR) Program. Through UMRR, the Corps of Engineers and its partners, like the USFWS, have restored more than 105 thousand acres of habitat across the Upper Mississippi River Valley. The Fox Island project includes nearly 1,000 acres of reforesting and enhances 78 acres of wetlands by providing wells for water supply and water control structures for flooding existing wetlands. Restoring the wetland habitat is critical for resident and migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds. The mast tree plantings, coupled with natural regeneration, will create a large tract of continuous forest habitat.

For more information regarding the ribbon cutting ceremony, call Allen Marshall at (309) 794-5204.