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Big Canyon Golf Course Wetland Restoration

wetlands restoration habitat monitoring Restoration Ecology

The Big Canyon Golf Course wetland restoration involves the creation and enhancement of riparian and emergent/herbaceous wetland habitat onsite at the golf course as mitigation for facility enhancements and property renovations that affected federal and state jurisdictional waters and wetlands. Land IQ worked with the hydrologists and engineers at WRC Consultant Services, Inc. to develop the final restoration and monitoring plan. The plan included creating and revegetating a new steam channel along a historic blue-line stream, as well as enhancing riparian and emergent vegetation along two existing golf course lakes. Land IQ is responsible for:

  • Verifying plant layout, and monitoring plant installation and seeding;
  • Horticultural maintenance monitoring;
  • Quarterly monitoring of plant establishment during the first year after installation;
  • Preparation of quarterly and annual monitoring reports.

The stream creation area achieved nearly 75 percent cover in its first year, just under the third-year performance criteria. The lake enhancement areas exceeded the fourth and fifth year performance criteria of 85 and 90 percent cover, respectively. Exotic vegetation had less than 10 percent cover at the end of the first year. Maintenance at the site continues. At this time, the project is in compliance of all permit mitigation requirements.