Pin Oak Forest – Stream, Wetland, and Upland Enhancement
Background: GreenVest, along with its project partners GreenTrust Alliance and Princeton Hydro, secured $3.8 million dollars of funding from the New Jersey Freshwater Wetland In-Lieu-Fee program on behalf of the Middlesex County Parks Department to conduct three separate wetland restoration projects on County owned park land.
Project Description: Pin Oak Forest is one of the restoration sites. This 97-acre site comprises conserved open space with extremely valuable headwater wetlands in a highly developed area of the state. Our team’s design converted 28.94 acres of low-quality wetlands, 0.33 acres of uplands dominated by invasive species, and 1,018 linear feet of degraded stream channel into a highly functional headwater wetland system. The restored areas are well integrated with the landscape in the preserve. The GV team has created a functional system of native floodplain forest, scrub-shrub, and emergent wetlands. The site is providing high quality habitat for both common wildlife plus threatened and endangered species, such as cattle egrets, black-crowned night herons and red-headed woodpeckers. It also provides enhanced groundwater recharge onsite and steady stream flows to Woodbridge Creek. Ultimately the site restoration efforts will improve water quality both onsite and downstream.
Project Status: All regulatory approvals have been received and project construction was completed in May of 2017. This site is currently in Year 3 of the five-year required monitoring and maintenance period.
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