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Nature Worth Preserving - Blue Heron's Blog

  • Writer's pictureHope Herron

Reviving an Abandoned Golf Course: A Tale of Resurrection

This was a golf course that was not meant to be. It sat empty for years, but not before bulldozing trees, trucking in sand for traps and terraforming the landscape into tees and bunkers. The wetland surrounding Sashabaw Creek was not touched, however. When permission was granted to build homes instead, EGLE insisted on restoration of 20 of the acres. The new owner worked with the conservancy to take steps to transform the land. We conducted controlled burns, re-seeded open areas, removed the buckthorn invasion and routed the waterflow from across the street through a wetland to filter out sedimentation and pollutants before it entered the creek. A rich variety of plant life returned and attracted insects and birds to take up residence.

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