Replace and Restore: Two Examples of Natural Resource Damage Restoration in the UCFRB

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Fall 11-6-2019


Gregory Mullen, an environmental scientist with the NRDP since 1991, will discuss two types of restoration projects that have been used in the UCFRB over the last two decades. 1) Replacement Restoration: Land acquisition projects in the UCFRB in which over 66,000 acres have been protected for public use and wildlife habitat. About two thirds of these lands are under State ownership (Fish Wildlife and Parks) and about a third are protected with Conservation Easements that allowed for public access and protection of critical wildlife habitat. 2) Restore Restoration (with a significant remedial component): The reclamation of 480 acres on Stucky Ridge near Anaconda is an example of restoration. Due to high metals and low pH (pH in the 4.5 range) most of the area remained a moonscape one century after the Old Works smelting ceased operating. Efforts by NRDP in 2011-2015, transformed this area to native plants.

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