he UTIA Cherokee Woodlot Wetlands Project is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration to increase wetland and engineering research, teaching, and outreach opportunities for University of Tennessee students, faculty and staff. During November 2013, three wetlands were constructed at the UTIA Cherokee Woodlot under the guidance of Tom Biebighauser of the USFS Center for Wetlands and Stream Restoration and John Bryd of the Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization.
Topographic and soil surveys were performed to identify ideal locations for the wetlands. Following excavation, woody debris, leaf litter and hydrophyte seed were added to the depressions to facilitate development of wetland trophic levels once flooded. These wetlands will provide important environmental functions, such as filter runoff and contribute to groundwater recharge, as well as provide habitat for wildlife. Future activities will include monitoring water quality, hydrology, and plant and animal responses to wetland construction.
Presentation of the UTIA Cherokee Woodlot Wetlands Project: FA 2013 (KUB)