September 2016: Hydrologic Considerations in Wetland Restoration –Vermont
The New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists hosted a trip, led by USDA Wetland Specialist, James Eikenberry. We visited several excellent sites that are closely located to one another in the Brandon, Sudbury, and Leicester, VT. Eikenberry highlighted a wide range of wetland areas; some had been restored for several years and were doing well, others had been restored for several years, but needed invasive plant control (possibly with some restoration planned for this summer), and lastly some sites that were new and in need of full planning and future funding. Interestingly, this is the only site with active hydrology manipulation used for waterfowl management.
July 2016: River Floodplains - Vermont
The New England Chapter of the Society of Wetland Scientists visited Northern Vermont floodplain forest communities and learned of the efforts by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to restore floodplain forests. Led by Christian O. Marks, Floodplain Ecologist with TNC, we visited two locations (Maidstone and Lemmington, VT) and spent the day studying floodplain forest patches, point bars and oxbow wetlands. We learned of the ecological relationships between species distribution and flooding, sediment deposition and floodplain forest succession.
We then visited floodplain forest restoration areas, reviewing stream buffer plantings and comparing natural regeneration in old hay and corn fields. The plantings included field trials of American elm-crosses that were part of a collaboration between TNC and the USDA FS to develop new cultivars of the American elm that would have greater disease tolerance and other desirable traits.