The Clinton Conservation District is happy to announce the award of a Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Habitat grant to restore and create habitat in the Rose Lake and Maple River State Game Areas. The Clinton County Pheasant and Small Game Habitat Enhancement Project officially started in October 2017 and continues through September 2019. The project total is $62,330 and will be completed through the partnership of the Gratiot Conservation District, Clinton Lakes Pheasant Co-op and the Clinton County Chapter of Pheasants Forever.
Two sites in the Rose Lake State Game Area and one site in the Maple River State Game Area will receive improvements. All three sites are open to public hunting.
The work scheduled to be done in the Rose Lake State Game Area spans 94 acres. A site located off Upton Road will have a perennial five-acre food plot adjacent to a cool season grass field covering 16 acres. An additional 73 acres of habitat will consist of a 34 acres warm season grass planting, 14 acres cool season grass restoration, 15 acres warm season grass enhancement, and 20 acres switchgrass.
The site within the Maple River State Game Area is located off West Hyde Road and spans 22 acres. Two switchgrass plots are divided by an acre that will be planted with native fruiting shrubs. This site will provide winter cover and food for small game and pheasants.
The District will be seeking local contractors to complete this work this winter.