Uncommon Restoration: A Joint Project on the North Shore of Lake Superior

Uncommon Restoration: A Joint Project on the North Shore of Lake Superior

by Terri Port-Wright, PhD, Sugarloaf Interpretive Center Association, Executive Director

Wetland restoration on the North Shore of Lake Superior is not very common. A recent joint project between the Sugarloaf Interpretive Center Association and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources resulted in the restoration of a wetland and an extensive upland area. Local fill material needed to be removed from the wetland area and regrading was required in the upland areas that had once been a road, a power line corridor, and a house site.

Seeds were collected from native plants and were broadcast in the fall of 1999. Additional seeds were propagated over the winter, and along with seedlings from nearby areas, planted in the spring of 2000. In all, almost 12,000 native trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses were planted including over 200 northern white cedar; almost all were planted by volunteers. Plant selection was based on a comprehensive natural resources inventory of the Sugarloaf Cove site, completed in 1995-96 by the Sugarloaf Interpretive Center Association. Tours and a slide show of the restoration project, as well as an informational brochure, are available by contacting Terri Port-Wright at (218) 879-4334 or via email at sugarloaf@qwest.net.

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