Hardwood Swamp Restoration Project: Phase 2
A remarkable example of habitat transformation is providing a welcome and stunning visual change at… Read Story >
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A remarkable example of habitat transformation is providing a welcome and stunning visual change at Lake Drive and Brown Deer Road. A beautiful open mix of wetland and meadow now greets all visitors to the Center thanks to removal of the dead and dying ash trees, buckthorn and other invasive plants that had overtaken this corner of the property. Continuing restoration will further enhance the ecological significance of this habitat as it evolves into a vibrant and diverse hardwood swamp.
Thanks to a grant from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, this project expands upon hardwood swamp restoration work undertaken in an adjacent project area from 2020-2022. A rare habitat type, our extended hardwood swamp will fill an important ecological niche for a variety of plant, bird, and animal species that rely upon such specialized habitat for survival.
Learn more Hardwood Swamp Restoration Project Phase 2.
The current phase of the Hardwood Swamp Project will extend through 2024.
The Central Wetlands Loop is at the heart of the Schlitz Audubon trail experience. This large trail loop is easy to find and simple to navigate, facilitating awe-inspiring outdoor experiences and plentiful educational opportunities.
About 75% of the one-mile Central Wetlands Loop is currently accessible to people using wheelchairs or other mobility devices. Over the next year, we will continue conversion of the remaining unimproved trail segments into either a crushed limestone or boardwalk surface to ensure that they can be used by all.
By transitioning to paths that follow ADA guidelines, we are replacing the existing rustic natural trail with clean, raised surfaces that will allow people who use wheelchairs or walking aids to safely explore the entirety of the Central Wetlands Loop. Converting these crucial trail segments will also greatly reduce soil compaction to create healthier habitats and allow all Center visitors to easily observe the native plants, pollinators, and animals that thrive along this trail.