Alley Creek Watershed Restoration Recommendations
Post on 09-Mar-2016
DESCRIPTIONCommunity access and habitat restoration recommendations
Alley Creek Watershed Proposed Habitat Restoration Recommendations
Park Lands Unoffical trails/desire lines to be closed
Desire lines to be formalized
Acces points to parks
Habitat Restoration and Trail Recommendations Habitat Communities
Formalized Access Points Salt marsh deterioration Desire line
DOT MANAGED LAWNS
BRACKISH TIDAL MARSH
FRESHWATER MARSH and MEADOWSGOLF COURSES and MAINTAINED LAWNS
FRESHWATER WETLANDS- Phragmites australis
RUDERAL MEADOW and SHRUBLAND
TIDAL SALT MARSH- Spartina spp.
ACIDIC HARDWOOD and SHRUB SWAMP
UPLAND OAK FORESTSURFACE WATER
Coastal upland forests are typically mature oak-hickory, oak-tulip tree, or oak-beech forests with a healthy young canopy of sassafras and black cherry with a shrub understory that provides habitat for small mammals.
Meadows are dominated by grasses, such as little bluestem and switchgrass, and wildflowers, such as goldenrods and asters.
These are weedy areas that may require maintenance and could be turned into forests or meadows.
These forests are predominantly associated with the Kettle Ponds and are dominated by red maple, sweetgum, and tupelo. Shrub swamps are typically associated with Decadon Pond and include waterwillow and button bush.
These habitats are seasonally wet depressions that dry out in the summer that provide critical breeding habitat for amphibians, such as the wood frog and spotted salamander, and invertebrates.
This habitat consists of emerging wetlands dominated by herbaceous species and may include occasional shrubs such as willow, red-osier dogwood, and the occasional river birch.
This habitat, dominated by Phragmites, was once all tidal salt marsh. Poor water and decreasing salinity levels have allowed Phragmites to dominate this area, which is why it's classified separately.
This habitat is dominated by Spartina species that are tolerant to salt and tidal inundation. In addition to providing refuge and habitat for shorebirds, these habitats provide critical ecosystem functions that help to reduce flooding.
This habitat is higher in elevation and often more inland than the salt marsh, causing it to be less saline. Salt tolerant shrubs and grasses are often found in these habitats along with Phragmites.
Floodplain communities are associated with riparian areas and stream reaches and are dominated by species of maple and ash, spicebush, rye grass, and jewelweed. These areas are adapted to periodic flooding, are subject to flashy hydrologic conditions, and may contain a weedy flora.