Urban wetlands can provide many important ecosystem services to society. However, they are often severely degraded by runoff, pollution, and invasion by aggressive non-native plant species. This Creative Inquiry project is establishing a long-term monitoring program to document vegetation composition in a restored wetland in the Hunnicutt Creek watershed for the purposes of inventory, assessment of environmental conditions, and adaptive management. Using a standard ecological observation unit, a 10 x 10 meter sampling plot originally developed by The Carolina Vegetation Survey (CVS), we are evaluating the performance of re-introduced and naturally regenerated native woody species, and documenting the recruitment of non-natives from adjacent unrestored areas. A total of eight CVS plots have been established and will be resampled twice annually for the next several years.
Blanton, R.; Clark, L.; Dixon, D.; Guy, E.; Kelly, B.; Lanza, C.; McAlhaney, A.; Mcdaniel, D.; Pence, G.; Sheorn, B.; Simmons, T.; Hagan, D.; Sawyer, C.; and Pike, J., "Vegetative succession in a restored urban wetland: If we build it will they come?" (2014). Focus on Creative Inquiry. 53.