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Fall Conference 2015

Wetlands Replication and Restoration:
Let’s Get it Right!

Saturday, October 17, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Devens Common Center, Devens, MA

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Too many wetland replication and restoration projects in Massachusetts fail or do not meet Wetlands Protection Act regulatory performance standards or design goals. Reasons for such failures include inadequate wetland hydrology; lack of construction oversight and post-construction monitoring; poor soil preparation and vegetation replanting plans; encroachment by invasive species; and lack of enforcement of permit conditions, including replication areas being built smaller than specified or not built at all. Thus, we lose wetland acreage and ecological function is at risk!

The ecological and societal benefits of successful wetlands restoration are substantial. What can be done to reverse the current failure rate of wetland replication projects? What minimum standards should be required before work is approved? What strategies can be used to improve the design and construction of wetland replication and restoration projects? How can land managers proactively restore the ecological health of their land?

At Fall Conference 2015:

  • Hear directly from the authors of a new report describing their findings on the success (and failure) rate of wetland replication projects in Massachusetts;
  • Hear directly from experts on techniques that can be used to improve the success rate of wetland replication projects;
  • Learn about the regulatory requirements for wetland replication and mitigation under the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act;
  • Learn when and how conservation commissions might properly condition and monitor wetland replication and restoration projects to increase the overall success rate;
  • Become better prepared and more confident when analyzing, implementing, permitting, or monitoring replication and mitigation projects; and
  • Become more educated about the principles, concepts, and techniques of ecological restoration and how to return a degraded area to a close approximation of its former natural condition.

“The aim of ecological restoration is to restore processes that have been damaged or lost.”

(from Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land, by Steven I. Apfelbaum and Alan Haney)

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