After an oil release incident on the Kalamazoo River in 2010, restoration activities were conducted within impacted wetland and floodplain communities for over six years. However, in 2016, a program was established to move away from smaller isolated restoration efforts and instead enhance 216 acres of natural communities along 11 miles of the Kalamazoo River corridor. Ecological community-specific restoration techniques for each site were established based on the results of baseline field assessments; the three primary categories of enhancements included increasing vegetative quality, controlling invasive species, and enhancing wildlife habitat. The effectiveness and results of different habitat enhancement measures have now been monitored for two consecutive years. This presentation will share noteworthy restoration results and lessons learned after the completion of two years of woody and herbaceous invasive species chemical control, release of Galerucella beetles for purple loosestrife biological control, and the installation of native seed, trees, and shrubs.
Results from a Large-Scale Multi-Year Riparian Habitat Enhancement Project