While landowner agencies retain control of objectives on their lands, management objectives are determined by consensus among CWMA partners and include:

  • DRWLECWMA Shorebirds

    Increasing habitat for plants and animals, including the shorebirds seen here, is one of the management objectives of Phragmites treatment in the DRWLE CWMA

    Biodiversity: Increase and restore native plant and animal diversity; improve travel corridors and habitat for animals; and increase the value of high quality wetlands to native species.

  • Recreation: Coastal wetlands are important for a variety of recreation values on public lands, including views of the lake and wetlands while recreating, bird watching, waterfowl hunting, and kayaking/boating. Management should also result in improved and increased public use.
  • Waterbird Habitat: Waterfowl hunting is a primary goal of USFWS and MDNR. Phragmites degrades habitat and reduces recreational opportunities.
  • Reduced wildfire risk: Wildfires threaten life and property and Phragmites creates conditions for particularly extreme fire conditions.
  • Opportunities for public education; adaptive management and development of best management practices; and research.