Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Four Mile Run Restoration Enters New Phase!

The Four Mile Run Restoration projects begins a dramatic...and stage today as crews begin to work in earnest on the long-awaited (and long planned) pilot project.

Any recent park user will have noticed the staging and prep that's taken place over the last month. So far the trails haven't had to be detoured but all that will now change.

It will be readily apparent and very visible that crews will be clearing parts of the wildlife preserve and that trees will be coming down.

Contractors will remove the tree canopy that has grown on the highly degraded artificial fill and the non-native forest floor. Once cleared, the City will replant using only the appropriate, native low and high marsh wetland plants and the area will be restored as a functioning wetland. The adjacent acres of naturally existing (remnant) forested wetlands within the project area will be preserved intact. The work will involve replanting using only native plants – which is the stated policy of both the City and this project.

This project is being done so that we can to have a sustainable, healthy waterway, given it exists in in a highly urbanized watershed.

Check out the project webpage for more information about this exciting project...the birth of newly restored Four Mile Run!


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