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?