It is important to take regular photos of project sites, as being able to look back at the changes documents just how different a site looks over time. Without these photos, I would not be able to remember how MacKay Wetland used to look prior to restoration, as it has changed so much in just a few short years. The wetland is more ecologically diverse, has significantly less coverage of invasive species, and retains water for most months of the year. This wetland will still need periodic maintenance, but it is much more ecologically functional following all of our restoration efforts.
This photo was taken prior to restoration in 2018. Things sure looked different back then!
This photo was taken in the fall of 2019, following the excavation and riparian restoration of the wetland.
This photo was taken June 2022. All the plants are growing in nicely and the water level is still high and clear of invasives!