The Stockbridge-Munsee Community received a grant to remove four segments of an abandoned rail bed to restore connectivity between 258 acres of wetlands and 2 miles of stream habitat. The rail bed, which was constructed more than 100 years ago and is no longer in use, extends seven miles throughout the Stockbridge-Munsee Forest and divides an extensive complex of wetland and streams. It has created a barrier to drainage, altered patterns of flow, manipulated the hydroperiod, and changed water depth across the wetlands. These impacts have degraded the natural community within the wetlands and stream complex. By removing four rail bed segments totaling one mile in length, this project will help restore natural hydrologic conditions and initiate the restoration of the natural community across hundreds of acres of interconnected wetlands and streams.
Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal Community fee land in the Township of Red Springs, Shawano County, WI