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The 4 Phases of Wetland Restoration

Typically, wetland remediation projects require ample restoration. At Stan’s, we’re no strangers to environmental protection, and we take careful precautions to make sure that the wetlands we work in stay protected. 

When it comes to the removal of impacted sediments, neighboring plants must often be removed and the area must be restored after excavation. There are four phases of wetland restoration, and each are critical for a safe and successful operation. Continue reading as we break down these steps.

1. Treating invasive species

With controlled burning, herbicide, and trimming, the first step in wetland restoration involves the removal of invasive species. Special methods like specific nozzle tips and the modification of spray droplet size ensure that no off-target damage or particle drift occurs to unintended local vegetation. Wind direction, speed, humidity, and temperature all pose threats to the spread of herbicide, but by using the aforementioned methods, it is easy to contain.

2. Laying down clean sediment and sand

As soon as impacted sediments have been removed and excavation has begun, the wetland restoration process can begin with the placement of clean, new materials like sand and sediment from borrow sites. These materials can be brought in via barge, amphibious equipment, dump trucks, or hydraulically pumped in.

3. Planting and seeding

Once the new material has been laid down, the area must be seeded and new trees and vegetation must be planted quickly. Time is of the essence in order to assure the quickest recovery possible and avoid erosion.

4. Monitoring and maintaining

The contractor, owner, or engineer involved is typically required to monitor the wetland for some time after restoration is complete. This is necessary in order to replace plants that aren’t successful and remove invasive species that come in while the native plants are trying to take root. This maintenance includes mowing, replanting, watering, reseeding, selective herbicide utilization, and more; continuing until the vegetation takes root.

At Stan’s, we offer specialized amphibious equipment for use during the 4 phases of wetland restoration. This equipment is ideal for environments that are too shallow for barges or too unstable for traditional equipment. Contact us today for help with anything from land reclamation to disaster clean up, marsh trenching and excavation, airboat transportation, and more. We proudly offer services nationwide!

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