Wetland Grading (Summer 2003)
(2 years after planting)
Wetland and Buffer Planting
FARBER PROPERTY WETLAND & FOREST MITIGATION
(BALTIMORE COUNTY, MD - JONES FALLS WATERSHED)
PO Box 5
Jarrettsville, MD 21084
Construction & Planting: 2006
Estimated Project Cost
Entire Project: $1,060,000
Work for which firm was responsible: $1,060,000
Ecotone, Inc. developed a two-stage restoration plan for the creation/restoration of 13.3 acres of non-tidal wetlands and 29.7 acres of forest planting adjacent to an unnamed tributary to North Branch Jones Falls, a high quality trout stream 15 miles north of Baltimore City.
Wetland and forest credits resulting from the restoration work were made available to participants requiring wetland mitigation and reforestation acreage within the Jones Falls watershed. Ecotone developed a pre-design monitoring program to monitor groundwater levels within the wetland creation area to determine the level and nature of grading necessary to create hydrologic conditions able to support and sustain a plant community dominated by hydrophytic vegetation.
Ecotone completed planting of the Stage I Wetland portion of the project in 2004, and the Stage 2 wetland area in 2006. Woody material selected for the planting were hydrophytic species that would supply a sustainable food source for both game and non-game species. The upland and buffer areas of the reforestation project were planted in successive phases between 2003 and 2005. Upland hardwood and pine species were installed in various sizes to provide maximum cover and habitat benefits. The site has been planted in warm season grasses to enhance habitat for upland bird species. Prior to and after installation of woody material, invasive species management was necessary to control Canada thistle, Johnson grass, Oriental bittersweet and multiflora rose. Other management included removal of tree tubes, control of rodents and periodic mowing to control competing warm season grasses.
Wetland and forest credits, managed and owned by Ecotone, were purchased by a variety of participants. All forest credits have been fully purchased as of 1/1/2006, and to date nearly all of the available wetland credits have been purchased.