Protecting area wetlands

A forum hosted by the Fabius Township Wetlands Committee, will focus on regional efforts to inform area landowners of available tools, programs and financial incentives to protect the area’s remaining wetlands and restore some that have been lost.

The forum, entitled “River Country Riches: Landowner Incentives to Preserve Private Wetlands for Regional Benefit,” will take place Sept. 24 at 6:30 p.m. at Camp Eberhart in Fabius Township.

The forum will focus on strategies to protect and restore significant wetland areas in partnership with private landowners. Event organizers said it will cover the programs that offer financial assistance for restoring wetlands that have been lost due to draining or filling over time.

Vic Eichler, chair of the Fabius Township Wetlands Committee, said Cass and St. Joseph counties have collectively lost more than 50 percent of their wetlands since the earliest Europeans settled the area.

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