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.
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Data and Analysis Types
Water nutrients, Groundwater levels, photopoints, Grazing, fire, tilling, and herbicide in experimental wetland plant community restoration
Archbold Biological Station
2006 to present
"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."--USD NRCS FLorida