Hands-On Wetland Creation Workshop for Professionals
About the Workshop
Isolated wetlands provide vital habitat to many species of amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals. Unfortunately, a majority of these ecosystems have been lost or degraded due to draining and filling throughout New England. These landscape modifications are now affecting recovery efforts for endangered species, reducing water quality, increasing flooding, and reducing ground water supplies. Fortunately, it’s now possible to restore these altered and degraded wetlands, re-establishing the hydro-periods, aquatic vegetation, and animal life that once existed.
This hands-on workshop is designed for individuals interested in learning how to use practical, low cost techniques for restoring naturally appearing and functioning wetlands. Participants will see how wetland projects can be planned in land trust properties, private conserved lands, public land, and even on school grounds to benefit plants, animals, and people.
Through direct participation in an actual wetland restoration project at Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary, attendees will discover how to:
- Identify degraded wetlands
- Test soils
- Choose construction techniques
- Work with heavy equipment operators
- And establish native plants
Participants will learn about active wetland restoration projects involving rare wetland species including Mass Audubon’s Eastern Spadefoot Toad Restoration Project on Cape Cod. You’re certain to enjoy the field trips planned to wetlands that were recently restored.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary
Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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