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PRBC Tours Historic Club

The July meeting of the Portage River Basin Council was held at Winous Point Club on Sandusky Bay in Ottawa County. The council heard from Jared Molesky of the Ottawa Soil and Water Conservation District who talked about coordinated efforts to control invasive Phragmites australis. Council members also toured the unique facilities at Winous Point. Founded as a duck hunting club in 1856, Winous Point is the oldest private hunting club in the U.S. In 1999 members organized the non-profit Winous Point Marsh Conservancy to continue the club’s long history protecting, restoring, and managing coastal wetlands in southwest Lake Erie. The group now manages close to 5,000 acres in Sandusky and Ottawa counties and supports research by graduate students on their land and waters.

Members of the Portage River Basin Council look at a map of the marshes at Winous Point.

Club members control phragmites and other invasive reeds on the grounds of the marsh.

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