Wetland Restoration: “What Do You Want To Do That For?”

The title in layman’s terms is really pronounced, “Whatta ya wanna do that for” driving my spellcheck into utter meltdown. It’s a common phrase used by folks who don’t understand a decision, idea or action. It’s exactly what farmers (and even my own family!) say when I bring up the idea of adding or restoring wetland complexes on farmland. In retrospect, I was a critic of wetland restoration initially too, but converted as I discovered the benefits of adding more diversity to the farm. As with anything, I’ve also been influenced by my learning environment. I believe my interest started with my Grandpa Steele’s love for the Nine Mile Swamp and picked up steam as I read chapters from Louis Bromfield’sMalabar Farm, which vividly describes the majestic ponds and wetlands that fed many people’s appetites for fish, watercress and fresh mint. Since gaining perspective from Holistic Management principles and working with the Upper Susquehanna Coalition’s (USC) water quality team of wetland, stream and Ag professionals, I now see first-hand the advantages to adding wetlands back into the equation, one being the ability to regenerate the water cycle for my downstream neighbors.  While this sounds like a glowing endorsement, my main motivations for adding shallow emergent marshes to my organic grazing operation were born out of the holistic goal to “to create a savannah for wildlife” (and I suppose selfish desire—because I just wanted to). [ca

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  1. we found out that we had some fens (appox. 1750ft) that had plants that only grew at certain heights and the nature conservatory is working to protect these sites that run thru are property these fens are full of life both plants and wildlife it is part of our whole farm here in Vermont and it fills our aquaduct under it

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