Save the date!! The Northeast Chapter of the SWS is sponsoring a field trip to several excellent sites that are closely located with one another in the Brandon, Sudbury, and Leicester areas of Vermont. The field visits will highlight wetland areas that been restored for several years and doing well; sites that have been restored for several years and need invasive plant control (possibly with some restoration planned for this summer); and sites that are new and hopeful for future funding and in need of full planning from the beginning stages of the process. The field trip will be led by Mr. James Eikenberry, Wetlands Specialist, from the USDA NRCS in Vermont.
We may also be able to coordinate with active wetlands restoration construction on one or two of the sites. We are hoping to coordinate the tour with a USFWS wetlands restoration design, permitting, and installation expert. More information will be provided over the summer.
- Visit a TNC floodplain preserve (Young Farm in Maidstone, VT). Things to see include not just good examples of remaining floodplain forest patches, point bars and oxbow wetlands, but also some small restoration experiments (to compare different restoration techniques) and some stream buffer plantings. These sites also have some of TNC’s floodplain forest research transects where we can talk about ecological relationships between species distributions and flooding, sediment deposition, floodplain forest succession, ecological role of American elm, etc. This is also a good place to discuss stream buffers and more particularly when they work and when they fail and why. We can also talk about our experience on factors associated with different rates of tree planting success.
- Visit the new Johnson Farm WMA in Lemmington, VT where we can see floodplain forest restoration plantings as well as compare natural regeneration in old hay fields and old corn fields. The plantings include field trials of American elm crosses that are part of a collaboration between TNC and the USDA FS to develop new cultivars of American elm that will have greater disease tolerance as well as other desirable traits. Johnson Farm is a good place to talk about natural regeneration in floodplain forest tree species.
TNC’s website provides some background and can be viewed here: http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/areas/connecticutriver/index.htm