Wetland restoration

Wetland Rewind

Restoring hydrology in degraded wetlands

More than half of U.S. wetlands have been lost to draining and development; the same is true of the habitats in Florida. Funds from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service are enabling hydrological restoration of the 3,648-acre Archbold Reserve. Engineered re-wetting of areas drained to create pasture decades before Archbold ownership is restoring rare seepage slope wetlands with benefits for wildlife and for the larger Fisheating Creek watershed.

Major Findings & Impact

As of 2023, 41% of the Archbold Reserve (1,500 acres) is covered by Natural Resources Conservation Service Wetland Reserve easements and underwent hydrological restoration between 2010 and 2017.

Project Details

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Data and Analysis Types

Water nutrients, Groundwater levels, photopoints, Grazing, fire, tilling, and herbicide in experimental wetland plant community restoration

Primary Location(s)

Archbold Biological Station

Years Active

2006 to present

Wetland restoration

Featured Publications

"In Cutthroat Seep, it took two years of careful planning by engineers and biologists and then construction to make the area wetter. Construction included removing ditches and building water control structures to hold the water on the site. This may be one of the first attempts to restore the hydrology and native cutthroat grass communities that are unique to the slopes of the Lake Wales Ridge."--USDA NRCS Florida