Jun 10 2011

Quakertown Wetlands Restoration

Flowers, QuakertownAbout two dozen volunteers joined Land Trust staff members to assist with a major wetlands restoration project at our Quakertown Preserve in Franklin Township. Volunteers removed a thicket of invasive plant species and installed more than 1,000 plants in and around an area once occupied by a quarter-acre pond. The planting followed the careful removal of a man-made dam and draining the pond.

The project restored more than two acres of floodplain wetlands adjacent to a tributary of Capoolong Creek. The expanded wetlands “store” water during storms, which, in turn, reduces flooding and erosion and allows surface water to filter slowly into the soil.

Volunteers at Quakertown PreserveThe project was funded through a grant from the New Jersey Wetlands Mitigation Council and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through a Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program (WHIP) Grant. Working in parnership with the Hunterdon Land Trust was Princeton Hydro LLC and Richard Pfauth Jr. & Son General Excavating.

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