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      Bog Walk project creates a stir

      Environmentalists feel that cutting down the trees at the Bog Walk on Presque Isle will destroy native habitat.

      They say migrating and breeding birds that travel there every year will not have any source of food and shelter.

      Skye Haas wonders why the city couldn't pick another area to restore to a wetland.

      "Considering there are so many areas elsewhere in the park that so desperately need restoration more than this woodland that they are cutting down, it's really surprising in this case the cure is worse than the disease," said Haas.

      As part of the McClellan street expansion, the city of Marquette is required to restore a wetland to its natural state. John Gustafson, with the DEQ, says they looked at three sites to restore but chose the Bogwalk.

      "You're taking an area that was once wetland typically, because the hydrology should still be there. Once you take the fill material out of it and otherwise trying to create wetland from an area that was not a wetland ever, it's a lot easier typically and generally preferred," said Gustafson.

      The Bog Walk is filled with industrial debris. Restoring it to a natural wetland will introduce a variety of animals to thrive in the area over the next several decades.

      Marquette City Manager, Bill Vajda apologizes for not having all parties involved and the miscommunication.

      "There might not be a lot of things at this point we can do about it. Simply because we are in the process and in partnerships. As we move forward, we certainly don't want to propagate that miscommunication," said Vajda.

      Officials say they can't stop the project, but will listen to any concerns the public has. They will do their best to respond to people's concerns and future agreements.