Easter Lake Southeast Woodland Restoration
Easter Lake W00dland and Shoreline Restoration 2015 - 2016
The presence of invasive species within the woodland areas of the Easter Lake Watershed has caused the contribution of abnormal amounts of sediment into Easter Lake. The 891 acres of woodland within the watershed are estimated to contribute 36 tons of sediment and 125 pounds of phosphorus each year into Easter Lake decreasing water quality.
Polk County Conservation (PCC) aims to reduce the invasive plants, increase the herbaceous understory, and return the woodland to a more desirable species focusing on oak and walnut in the higher ground but leaving cottonwood, silver maple and willow along the lake and the riparian drainages that occupy the site.
This Polk County Conservation, 32.2-acre restoration project, will use a multi-pronged approach in the removal of invasive plants. PCC staff and volunteers will start initial clearing of sites by manually removing invasives in targeted areas. Use of a forestry mower will then be used to remove larger plant material and allow partial access to the site. A second pass will be made with a brush cat mower to further process the debris and allow for chemical treatment of vines and other woody plants in areas inaccessible by machine. Finally, fire will be introduced as a management tool.
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