wetland conservation

What kinds of native plants should you use for wetland restoration and why?

Choosing the right kind of plants is crucial for wetland restoration. In fact, it is almost always the barometer for a successful restoration. A big part of restoring the natural ecosystem of your wetland has to do with the type plants that you plan to grow.

Wetland restoration is the process of rehabilitating and reestablishing a wetland that has been damaged or destroyed.  It attempts to bring back the wetland to its natural ecosystem. And part of it is choosing the right plant species for the project. 

After identifying the different zones of your wetland (perimeter fence, shallow standing water, deep pond, nesting island), you will now be able to determine what type of plants to use for your restoration.
Determining the right plants for your restoration is one thing, where to get your plants for your riparian planting is another. 

Here are a few tips on where to get the necessary plants for your restoration:

● Use plants that have been locally sourced. Eco-sourced plants from nurseries are suitable plant species for your wetland restoration because they are already adaptable to the conditions of the said environment
● Buy from a reputable wholesaler.  Scour local nurseries from your local area, ask for the right plant species for your wetland restoration.
● Or you can draw your concept plant and place an order with a nursery (your plan will have some adjustments depending on the availability of such plants).
● If it’s a large project, you may want to enter into a contract with a wetland restoration specialist. 
There are a host of restoration schemes for you to choose from when doing your wetland restoration.

Oftentimes it is a choice of using locally sourced plants, using plants from nurseries or propagating your restoration yourself.

You can also choose from a wide variety of plants for your restoration, some of which may have been already in your area. Native plants such as the cabbage tree, the manuka, or even flax are suitable native plants for your restoration. These plants are self-sustaining and can withstand potential threats while providing an extra aesthetic value to your property.

Where should you grow your native plants for your restoration? Your native plants will thrive easily when you plant in:

● Areas with moderate climate. Plant them with minimum exposure to the sun, i.e., after soaking them well.
● In wet areas. Plant them during summer when water level is low and the water warm.
● Warmer coastal areas, especially with fewer frosts.
● Areas where there is enough shade, preferably within two years since the planting started
● On gullies and ridges, only after planting them in line with natural features.
● Areas with correct moisture zone.

Having the right plants for your wetland restoration sustains your property for a longer period of time. You wetland restoration will help

● Improve water quality - With the right restoration process. You can also get the right filtering for your wetland for water purification. In fact, a wetland with a suitable vegetation scheme improves water activity.
● Providing habitat for species - Wetlands attract a considerable host of animal and insect species while providing food and shelter. Increased in animal activity in your wetland will increase soil quality and food production as well.
●Improves property worth and profit - It takes many hands to restore wetlands. Not only does it provide employment to those who help restore its natural ecosystem, it also profits landowners by opening up more economic opportunities (eco-tourism, use of commercially viable native plants, etc).

Needless to say, wetland restoration is no walk in the park. It would be helpful if you seek a professional to do the work for you. Wetland restoration experts can assist you with cost effective design solutions and wetland plant supply.

This is where we at Rural Designs can help. We can help you in planning for your wetland restoration and provide you with cost competitive wetland management implementation services.  With our help, you’re ensures of a successful and effective restoration project.

How Developing Wetlands Help

Wetlands prove their importance as living habitats of many creatures. Apart from their environmental importance, they also have their agricultural and recreational purposes. They help prevent floods, purify water and more. These natural bodies of water are miracle workers and they greatly help the environment they are situated in.

The problem is the fact that these bodies of water are becoming extinct. They are dying. Human activities have caused such a thing to happen. Without wetlands, flooding has become frequent, living for animals has become difficult, and crops are no longer available. These all affect us—our livelihood, our homes and even our survival. That is why a call for wetland restoration is required.

One should understand the benefits of wetland restoration to be able to appreciate it. These benefits are:

Land value increase. 

Wetlands can be used to fulfill requirements for land development like subdivisions. One can earn another title from half a hectare of wetland depending on where you live. There are also matters on when not using wetlands.

For ecological protection and development, all subdivision plans should present features such as wetlands. Assessment must be provided for the presence of such waters. To further give effect to ecological restoration, the local council gives conditional consent for these subdivisions depending on the assessment. Once the subdivision consent is granted, developers should carry out the conditions provided by the council. After that, they can finally issue two new title certificates from the additional site from subdivision.

Good business investment. 

Wetland conservation can become a profitable business for anyone. Wetlands are natural pieces of art. Local and foreign visitors would like to come take a look at it for themselves. That is why, establishing a business near or making a business out of the wetlands is a great idea. It would be best, however, to create a business out of the wetland's naturalness. Modifications might not be helped in its development, but try to keep it small.

Pure water resources. 

Another wonder that a wetland does is creating pure drinking water. Profit can be made when this idea can be systematically conceptualized. And since the process of purification is regularly done, business can happen long-term.

Reduces cost. 

Since wetlands have the ability to sponge up running water from land, they can reduce floods. These also help in lessening dam construction, which costs the government a lot of money to do. Wetland development not only benefits the developer (or landowner) but also those living nearby. 

Helps restore the ecosystem.

Ecological restoration becomes part of wetland restoration. When wetlands are preserved, the vegetation around the wetland is nourished. These vegetations in turn prevent soil erosion. Other ecological components that are saved by this restoration are animal habitats.

Livable habitat. 

Wetlands are able to nurture the surroundings and thus build a livable habitat. Water creatures thrive in these bodies of waters while land creatures live around it. Land animals maximize the wetlands with the food and shelter it provides. The presence of these animals are more or less in the interest of many public and private sectors. Thus having them survive is a role we take in wetland management.

Migratory animals also take shelter in these places. Together with their arrival, they bring about pollination and species reproduction. These then help in the survival of both plant and animal survival.

Crop and pastoral resource. 

Farmers can benefit in using wetlands for their crops and animals. These resources will help keep their crops moist and their animals fed. It would be much easier to say that wetlands would not have them cost a thing, actually.

Know that you are not alone in this endeavor. There are organizations and businesses that specialize in wetland restoration like RuralDesign. We can help you with your wetland management needs.