Section 2 - Planning
Each agency and organization with wetland restoration programs in Minnesota have specific requirements that influence the process of evaluating and selecting projects for funding. Careful planning is required to match potential projects with available programs and opportunities.
The selection of goals, objectives and outcomes for projects also play a key role in the planning process. Broad program goals are most often driven by the agency, organization, or program for which a potential project will be completed. The primary goals for conducting most wetland restoration or creation projects are providing wildlife habitat, improving water quality, and providing flood protection. A focus on any one of these three primary goals will influence the selection process used to identify potential projects. Identifying project objectives, outcomes and associated performance standards helps focus the restoration strategies and monitoring methods to be used at a site.
This section of the Minnesota Wetland Restoration Guide discusses the initial steps in planning and identifying a wetland restoration or creation project including the identification and evaluation of projects, and establishing project goals, objectives, and measurable outcomes.