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Pioneer Park is a unique type of wetland system located in the city of Blaine. It contains a variety of very uncommon wetland plant species that are rarely found elsewhere in the state. Due to a lack of targeted management, the presence of non-native (introduced) and invasive (weedy) plant species, along with historic attempts to ditch and drain the wetland, the wetland is degrading in quality and unique species and habitats are unsustainable without restoration and management.
By completing targeted restoration and management work, historic ditches can be filled and properly revegetated, and invasive or weedy species can be controlled. Targeted management work will protect and improve the unique wetland habitats found within Pioneer Park and promote biodiversity.
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A wetland bank is a wetland feature that has been restored, created, enhanced, or preserved for the purpose of compensating for permitted unavoidable impacts to wetlands at a different location from the wetland bank. Wetland impacts in and around Blaine are typically the result of development projects (i.e. residential developments, commercial developments, roadway projects, etc.).
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:
All of these methods will help bring back the natural functions and diversity of the Pioneer Park wetland system.