Senior Naturalist, Mandie Zopp, pulling reed canary grass from the state natural area vernal pond.

This project serves an important role in regional efforts to promote efficient and effective management of invasive species by removing herbaceous and woody invasive plants from over 90 acres including a 67-acre State Natural Area, which encompasses 1.3 miles of Riveredge Creek and a 5-acre Ephemeral Pond at the Riveredge Nature Center preserve. The project also provides family-oriented service learning and conservation opportunities that will help increase public awareness of native replacement of invasive plant populations.

Education is one of the best mechanisms for management of this increasingly urgent problem in Wisconsin. Riveredge is committed to this project and to education and management of invasive species.

The Riveredge State Natural Area Restoration Project will reduce competition from invasive plants while improving the resilience and diversity of the wetland system and surrounding uplands. The project will also ensure the continued shading of the Riveredge Creek headwaters and springs as well as the Riveredge ephemeral pond.

Funding for this project is provided by a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the ERM Foundation.