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Wetlands Restoration Underway at Wood County Property

PERRYSBURG Jan. 10, 2019: Plans for a 20-acre demonstration wetland on the Carter Historic Farm, a public park near Bowling Green, are reaching fruition as earth-moving and construction activities on the project begin this week. 

Black Swamp Conservancy
is partnering with the Wood County Park District on the restoration project. The restoration area is parallel to the drainage ditch at the back of the 80-acre farm, and will expand wildlife habitat in a wetlands area typical of the Historic Great Black Swamp. The area will capture nutrients and sediments from the land before they are able to leave the property and contribute to harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie. When the restoration is complete, visitors to the farm and park area will be able to see a working wetland up close and learn about agricultural conservation.

In December, the construction team installed an access drive and erosion control on the grounds. Beginning this week, two weeks of construction will get underway, including:

·         Construction of berms and swales around the exterior of the wetland restoration area;

·         Locate and break drainage tiles in the wetland restoration area;

·         Excavate pools and micro-topography in the wetland;

·         Build interior berms;

·         Install stone spillways for water control in the wetland;

·         Prepare soil and installation of wetland seed mix in the wetland and erosion control / native grass seed mix on the berms.

In the spring, planting of native shrubs and trees in the newly restored wetland will complete the project.

This project was financed in part or totally through a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the United States Environmental Protection Agency with Great Lakes Restoration Initiative funding.

Carter Historic Farm is a working depression-era (1930s) farm and cultural history museum, offering visitors interactive programs, displays and special events throughout the year, and hosting a one-room school building along with the original homestead and barns. The farm is important in preserving the historic local rural land and the natural resources that support a successful agriculture industry. Carter Historic Farm is part of the Wood County Park District.

About Black Swamp Conservancy:  Black Swamp Conservancy is a land trust dedicated to protecting natural habitats and family farms, now and for future generations, through land conservation agreements. The Conservancy does this to help ensure clean water, natural habitats, working lands and community access to the natural areas of northwest Ohio. Since its founding in 1993, the organization has permanently protected more than 17,400 acres of wetlands, woods and working lands across northwest Ohio, supporting Clean Water, Good Food & Wild Places. BlackSwamp.org




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