1/10/13

In the news: Scoring a hole-in-one for habitat restoration

Holland, Michigan has taken a unique approach to providing plants and animals with a restored habitat - A disused country club was repurposed and rebuilt as a 120-acre county park complete with wetland restoration. 

From the Holland Sentinel
"Ottawa County purchased most of the 120 acres that once made up the golf course, leaving to another developer the old club house, parking lot and the 16 surrounding acres. That property remains untouched.

Many improvements were made to the greenspace this year. Thirty acres were restored as wetlands, TerHaar said. The few trees that needed to be removed were left in the low areas for animals to use. They may look like fallen trees just left there, but they serve the purpose of a natural habitat, he said.

The wetland restoration cost $750,000, TerHaar said. A Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grant funded most of that project. The county used $100,000 of park millage money to complete the work."
Read more about this great project at the link above.

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