Section 5 - Vegetation Establishment
The practice of establishing vegetation in wetlands and surrounding buffer areas continues to evolve as restoration professionals gain a better understanding about how to establish and managing native plant communities. In recent years, there has been a greater emphasis on maximizing landscape functions such as developing stable habitats for a wide variety of wildlife species, diversifying plant communities, providing competition for invasive plants, and using vegetation to help address soil and water resource issues. Focusing on ecosystem functions has led to the development of new strategies and techniques to manage invasive species, plant upland and wetland vegetation, and provide long-term care.
The Vegetation Establishment Section of the Minnesota Wetland Restoration Guide provides a comprehensive approach to establishing native vegetation as part of restoring both drained wetlands and their surrounding upland buffers. The chapters in this section of the Guide include detailed information about the steps involved in preparing a site for restoration, selecting seed mixes, developing a vegetation establishment plan, and establishing and maintaining plant communities.
A primary goal of the Vegetation Establishment Section of the Guide is to provide information on current methods to restore and maintain vegetation in wetlands and surrounding uplands to help practitioners successfully achieve project goals, and ultimately advance the field of wetland restoration.