December 18, 2019 In May, Jenna Odegard, Aquatic Ecologist, became state certified to perform freshwater mussel surveys in Group 1 and 3 streams. Freshwater mussels are among the most endangered organisms in North America due to their sensitivity to aquatic pollution, especially sedimentation of river systems. Because of their cryptic lifestyle (both camouflaged and benthic), their diversity and distribution in Ohio waterways is poorly defined. If projects include proposed alterations/impacts to streams, a mussel reconnaissance survey should be performed to determine their presence or probable absence from the stream. If necessary, Jenna can relocate mussels as a means to preserve local populations. This fall, Jenna led her first full mussel survey and relocation (accompanied by Restoration Specialist, Jim Palus and intern, Kate Gorman) in Lake […]
December 18, 2019 In August, Jenny Adkins welcomed her second child, Asa James Adkins. Not long after in late September, Jackie Kopechek welcomed her first child, Lewis Michael Kopechek. Both families are doing well. Asa and Lewis have already made appearances at the MAD office, and Asa attended his first Ohio Wetlands Association meeting (resulting in his first wetland excursion)!
December 18, 2019 This year our largest mitigation site to date began construction in Richland County, Ohio. This site includes over 11 acres of emergent and forested wetlands and over 16 acres of upland buffer. Final grading was completed in August, with planting scheduled for the spring of 2020. This winter, MAD developed (with the assistance of Northpoint Engineering) a formal bid set for planting activities. MAD will oversee the planting of tens of thousands of rooted wetland plugs, bareroot, and container trees. Our client generously agreed to fund the salvage of native hydric soils, plant material, and wildlife from the proposed wetland impact areas. Salvage efforts may include volunteer opportunities for local K-12 school groups to participate in plant identification, transplanting, and experience with […]
December 18, 2019 This year we had the satisfaction of seeing the fruits of our labor for several wetland sites across the state. Below are before and after photos of two wetland creation sites we worked on in Lucas County and Hamilton County. Click the images to see site progress. The photos above show an emergent marsh created in a historic burrow pit in Lucas County, Ohio. We completed a series of these burrow pit “retrofits” throughout the County in 2018. Wetland areas were excavated and planted with herbaceous plugs by volunteers. While it’s common to introduce a native seed mix, these sites relied on their seed bank for natural regeneration, and they appear to be doing great! This client, in Hamilton County, has waited […]
December 18, 2019 It’s been a remarkably busy field season this year, which (much to our enjoyment) didn’t slow as fall and winter approached. This fall (in just over a week), we installed over 1,000 container trees (20+ acres) in Pickaway County on behalf of Appalachia Ohio Alliance. Plantings will help reforest fields previously row-cropped, connect fragmented forests, aid in reducing floodwaters and sediment erosion in the Scioto River floodplain, and hopefully shade-out established Reed Canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) within the project area. Click the images to see additional photos.
December 18, 2019 This October, we worked with nearly 50 community volunteers in Dublin to capture and relocate aquatic life (hundreds of tadpoles and ~500 fish!) from an old silted-in farm pond that will be temporarily drained to allow for sediment removal and reshaping to enhance its ecological and recreational value. Of course, we worked some expanded wetland areas into the design. We’re looking forward to the completion of this project and seeing the Pond restocked with fish! To learn more about this project, check out the article published by the City of Dublin here.
December 18, 2019 Mark had the unique opportunity to participate in the Teen EcoSummit held at the Columbus Zoo. Attendants included students and teachers from around the state who have an interest in improving conservation and sustainability efforts at their schools. Their objective in attending was to develop a “Conservation Action Plan” and then present their plan in a friendly competition to obtain funding (on the spot!) to help implement their plans. Mark presented “Creating Schoolyard Wetlands for Wildlife,” which provided attendants with a basic background in wetland loss and ecosystem services, practical wetland creation-restoration options for schools, and examples of school success stories.
December 18, 2019 This field season was full of exciting botanical survey work across Ohio. In a typical year, we get a handful of floristic surveys, often Floristic Quality Assessments (FQA) or Vegetative Index of Biologic Integrity (VIBI) evaluations, used to categorize wetlands or better define plant community dynamics. In this banner year, nearly every day in late-June through July was packed with comprehensive ecological surveys, VIBI assessments, and Threatened & Endangered (T&E) plant surveys. In June, Mark Dilley and Jenny Adkins returned to a site in Pickaway County known to contain the State-threatened Raven’s Foot Sedge (Carex crus-corvi). In 2017, MAD located three of the targeted sedges within the survey area, and many more in a forested wetland nearby. This year they […]
December 18, 2019 For those of you not hip to botanical slang, “Sedge Heads” refers to a group of plant enthusiasts that specialize in identifying sedges, a type of graminoid. Jenny Adkins, Lead Botanist, fancies herself as one, and Jim Palus, Restoration Specialist, as well. In May, they had the unique opportunity to train with Dr. Rob Naczi, the Arthur J. Cronquist Curator of North American Botany at the New York Botanical Garden. During this workshop, held at the Edge of Appalachia (EOA) in Adams County, they worked through detailed botanical text to identify herbarium specimens, as well as observed a variety of State, Federal, and Globally rare species within the EOA Preserve. This workshop was aptly timed, as their recently honed skills were applied […]