ERIE Research Projects

Wetland restoration and enhancement at Tifft Nature Preserve (2012 ERIE IGERT Practicum)

Project Summary

Wetland restoration is being considered for a 0.32 acre area immediately adjacent to a remnant cattail marsh at Tifft. The area is heavily impacted by the invasive species Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) (above photo) and the common red ant (Myrmica rubra). The goals of the project are to increase biodiversity and enhance public education and recreation. Invasive species reduce the biodiversity and public use of the area and effective control of these species is a primary objective of this project. The creation of a persistent emergent wetland similar to the adjacent cattail marsh was identified as the preferred option since it should have the highest probability of successfully controlling the invasive species. Additionally, with limited intervention a cattail marsh will have long-term persistence in this location.
Restoration would involve removing soil containing Japanese knotweed rhizomes to an elevation that would re-establish the wetland hydrologic conditions. Planting of native wetland plant species would follow and re-colonization by Japanese knotweed and other invasive species such as Phragmites australis would be monitored and controlled.

ERIE Trainees have submitted a report and will continue to work with Tifft on the wetland restoration project, including invasive species removal.


ERIE Fellows: Robin Foster (Ecology and Evolution), Isabel Porto Hannes (Ecology and Evolution), Jonathan Pleban (Geography), Beynan Ransom (CSEE), Luke Scannell (CSEE), David Spiering (Geography), Joshua Wallace (Chemistry), and Stacia Wegst (Chemistry)

Faculty: David Blersch and Alan Rabideau (Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering)

Research Partners/Collaborators: Buffalo Museum of Science / Tifft Nature Preserve