Ducks Unlimited recently celebrated its 30th year of conservation work at Summer Lake in Oregon, where DU’s very first Beaver State project was completed in the fall of 1987. Since 2003, DU has completed six more projects benefiting more than 6,300 acres in the Summer Lake Basin, which is a lush paradise for waterfowl, other wildlife, nature lovers, birdwatchers, campers, and sportsmen.
DU’s most recent project at Summer Lake is currently taking place at the North River Ranch Unit along the Ana River. DU staff have already surveyed the area and will eventually implement a series of low-profile dams and water control structures to close gaps in a series of dunes that interfere with proper water flow for the unit. Eventually, water within the area will have the capability to be contained and managed, which will increase the amount of rich vegetation that attract waterfowl.
Ducks Unlimited Regional Biologist Chris Colson added, “DU’s ongoing and committed investments in the Summer Lake Wildlife Area will further enable ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife) to continue successful management of one of Oregon’s most important wetland and waterfowl landscapes.”