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Wetland-Riparian Restoration and Management

Before and after wetland-riparian restoration.
Lower Glorieta Creek wetland-riparian restoration at Pecos National Historical Park: The top photo shows equipment removing the deteriorating levee system and excavating to design elevations. The bottom photo shows the wetland and riparian vegetation communities that developed 6 years after planting.

Restoring wetland-riparian area health is a cornerstone of the Wetlands Program. Program staff provides technical assistance in all phases of restoration including condition assessments, hydrologic evaluations, planning and design, project implementation, and post-project monitoring. Since 2000 program staff has provided restoration assistance to more than 80 NPS units. Highlights include:

  • John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial Parkway: Reclaimed an abandoned gravel mine on the Snake River floodplain to over 60 acres of sedge meadows, willow flats, stream channels, oxbow ponds, and uplands.
  • Moores Creek National Battlefield: Restored a rare wet pine savanna complex significant to a Revolutionary War battle.
  • Sequoia National Park: Re-established sheetflow hydrology and restored nine acres of native montane wetland at Halstead Meadow.
  • Channel Islands National Park: Restored three acres of rare coastal wetland and riparian habitat at Prisoners Harbor.
  • Pecos National Historical Park: Restored an abandoned and deteriorating reservoir system on the lower Glorieta Creek floodplain to five acres of wetland-riparian habitat.
  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park: Developed a restoration plan for 80 acres of degraded oxbow wetlands and wet prairie habitat and obtained funding and partnerships for implementing the restoration.

The Wetlands Program staff continues to seek new funding sources for wetland and riparian restoration. In 2007 we received approval for $1.5 million in Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act funding for coastal wetland restoration projects at Fire Island National Seashore, Lewis and Clark Nationa Historical Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, and other parks.

Last Updated: June 21, 2013