What Does Wetland Restoration Mean?

Simply put, wetland restoration is the return of a wetland to its original condition, before it was impacted by historic ditching, encroachment of invasive or weedy species, or the suppression of natural processes that once naturally maintained wetland habitats and diversity.  

To achieve this objective within Pioneer Park, a variety of wetland restoration methods will be used.  The changes you can expect to see are:

  • The removal of dead, diseased, or weedy tree species (i.e. green ash with emerald ash borer, box elder, aspen).
  • The removal of non-native shrub species (i.e. common and glossy buckthorn).
  • The removal of weedy grasses (i.e. reed canary grass).
  • The use of mechanical equipment such as mowers.
  • Targeted herbicide application.
  • Seeding of native species.
  • The use of prescribed fire.

All of these methods will help bring back the natural functions and diversity of the Pioneer Park wetland system.  

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1. What is a Wetland Bank?
2. Why Restore the Pioneer Park Wetland?
3. What Does Wetland Restoration Mean?
4. Why is the City planning to remove trees in Pioneer Park?
5. How much of Pioneer Park will have trees removed?
6. Will all the trees within the project area be removed?
7. How much of the park will change to wetland?
8. Will the trails still have shade?
9. I see trees that look good and have been tagged. What does the tag mean?
10. Is this project being done to make room for more housing developments?
11. How will this affect the wildlife in the park?
12. When is this project going to start?
13. How is the money from the credits sales being spent?
14. Why can’t the east boundary be moved west to the ditch?