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Restoring shoreland areas to their native habitat is an excellent way to reduce nutrient input to our watershed while increasing habitat for wildlifeand creating a beautiful, self-sustaining landscape.
Like all good things, shoreland restorations take time. Shoreland conditions didn't change overnight, and native vegetation won't come back overnight either.
Here's what to expect through the implementation and establishment phase of shoreland restorations:
Beyond Three Years:
The Pelican River Watershed District worked with Prairie Restoration and the City of Detroit Lakes to restore a portion of the shoreline at the City Beach Park. The project included the planting of shrubs, native flowers and grasses, and creating walking trails through the site with educational signage.
The first step in our restoration project at the City Beach Park was to spray all the existing turf grass to stop its growth.
Next, the dead grass and vegetation was burned off in a controlled burning by Prairie Restoration. The soil was loosened and seeded with native plants, grasses and shrubs as well as a cover crop to help control weed growth.
Fencing was placed at the entrances to the future trails to set the boundaries of the native growth. The flowers are expected to grow fully within three years of annual burning, mowing and maintenance.
The Pelican River Watershed District was the lead agency in coordinating an effort to restore approximately 1,800 feet ofshoreline along the north side of Big Detroit Lake. While the project was separate from the Highway 10 realignment project, the timing was perfect to work closely with MNDOT to make this project financially feasible.
Workers re-graded the shoreline, removed excess rip-rap and added soil to repair the site that was once eroding rip-rap and turf grass. A variety of trees, shrubs and wildflowers that are native to Becker county have been planted. Examples of such species are Bur oak, a variety of Dogwoods, Blazing stars, and Black-eyed susans.
Minnesota Conservation Corps
The MCC were a crucial part of putting the project plan on the ground. A crew of five people spent over a week planting hundreds of shrubs and thousands of plant plugs. The Youth Conservation Corp also gave planting assistance and installed fencing to keep the geese from eating freshly planted plugs.
Restoration activities included:
Reclamation of over 72,000 square feet of shoreline area
Removal of over 1,200 square feet of excess rip-rap
Almost 80 trees, at least 500 shrubs and over 13,000 native plants
Two lake access paths and a split rail fence installed
Naturalization of two rain gardens