Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area News
Wetland habitat for fall 2017 is rated fair to excellent. In general, wetland management was hampered by wet conditions and flooding, but overall habitat conditions are considered to be good or better.
Unit A-East: Japanese millet was planted in early July and developed a good stand. Fall army worms devastated the millet. August flooding mostly eliminated army worms and millet made a remarkable recovery. Unit is rated as very good.
Unit A-North: Very good habitat dominated by wild millet and moist-soil plants. Ongoing habitat management on higher elevations.
Unit C-South: Fair moist-soil plant production. Some cocklebur. Wheat planted on higher elevations in the southeast part of the unit.
Unit E: Unit has abundant water. Habitat is fair.
Unit F-East: Diverse moist-soil plant production—rated good. Wheat planted on higher elevations on south and north sides of the unit.
Unit F-South: Very good habitat dominated by wild millet and moist-soil plants.
Unit F-West: Very good habitat dominated by wild millet and moist-soil plants.
Unit G: Repeated flooding precluded moist-soil vegetation establishment. Unit has been held full since flooding in late August to suppress undesired plants and set the stage for moist-soil production in 2018 and future years. Good opportunity for “open water” hunting.
Refuge Units: Unit B-North has very good food—mostly rice cutgrass. Unit B-South has good production in lower and mid-elevations, but higher elevations are weak. Japanese millet was planted over much of Unit C-North with good production.
Corn: Wet spring conditions prevented planting of corn in any of the wetland units.
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River boat ramp: The Marais des Cygnes River boat ramp located just north of E 1700 Rd is closed due to excessive silt accumulation.