5. The Hourigan-Barrett Farm Restoration & Wetland Enhancement Projects

Wetland enhancement on the Hourigan farm.

The above photo shows the construction of the wetland that occurred in spring of 2012. The view is looking towards the Cockshutt Road. The photo just below and to the right shows the wetland as it appeared in late 2012 from the Cockshutt Road.

The Hourigan Farm – a corn soybeans operation – joined the ALUS program in 2012 with the implementation of a reforestation project in addition to enhancements to two existing wetlands on the farm.

The reforestation project saw trees planted to develop native tree cover in a heavy clay field prone to erosion. Trees planted included White Pine, Red Oak, White Oak, Bur Oak, Tulip, Black Cherry, Shagbark Hickory, Black Walnut, Red Maple, Trembling Aspen, Sycamore, and Eastern Cottonwood. The reforestation of this 2.5 acre parcel on the farm will provide early successional habitat for a variety of wildlife species. This parcel is adjacent to two roadways and water cuts through the field during rain events. The trees will assist with erosion control and will act as a windbreak as the trees mature.

The wetland enhancement projects cover areas of approximately 0.8 and 0.1 acres. The enhancement of these wetlands will increase habitat for breeding and foraging for species at risk and continue to provide valuable habitat for common winter and summer wildlife. Moreover, the enhanced wetlands will hold water during heavy rain events and reduce erosion problems on the land. Wetlands are amongst the most important and threatened habitat types, particularly in the highly urbanized landscape of Southern Ontario, providing many of the vital ecosystem services (e.g. carbon sequestration, water retention and renewal) that human populations depend on.

Address: 

Coordinates to view two wetland enhancement projects and the reforestation project: 42⁰49’24.815”N 80⁰12’24.747”W

Contact Name: 
Denika Piggott
Telephone: 
519-420-8127
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