The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) awarded PCS a $800,000.00 grant that funded seasonal, part-time, temporary and/or full time positions. This team of workers focused on habitat restoration within the Maumee Area of Concern - primarily the Ottawa River and Swan Creek Watersheds, with the help of several partners like Metroparks of the Toledo Area, The Nature Conservancy, The University of Toledo, Boy Scouts of America, and City of Toledo. The Maumee Corps utilized a variety of restoration techniques, such as invasive species management within floodplain forest, wet prairie, and riparian habitat. The workers also focused on wetland restoration initiatives, re-planted areas devastated by the Emerald Ash Borer with suitable species, and stream bank planting. The grant ended in 2015 and the numbers speak for themselves. In total, 2,451 acres were treated (includes both acres restored and acres treated more than once), 925 acres were restored, and 37 workers collectively put in almost 38,000 hours.
The Maumee Corps grant from NOAA exceeded expectations in productivity. From 2013 to the summer of 2015, the crews worked towards healthier ecosystems in the globally rare habitat in the Oak Openings region, and other areas in the Swan Creek and Ottawa River watersheds. We worked in partnership with The Metroparks of the Toledo Area and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) as sub-award recipients. Over 2,000 acres of protected land was worked on. This work included invasive species removal, native species planting, habitat restoration, prescribed burns and much more throughout the region. In addition, workers harvest and relocated willow whips and native seed, and re-planted areas devastated by tornadoes and emerald Ash Borer, an invasive beetle. They applied best management practices on areas with mowing and herbicide treatments to control the woody invasive Autumn Olive and Asian Honey suckle.