Research and Restoration Activities on the Reserve

researcherThe Reserve offers many opportunities for education and scientific studies in the field of restoration ecology. Archbold’s long-term goals for the property are to conduct research on effective restoration strategies for former pasture and to restore significant portions of the wetlands, Cutthroat Grass seepage slopes, and other natural communities on the site, while retaining sustainable agriculture and other compatible rural land uses.

CattleMuch of this work will be accomplished by working with partners in the scientific, agricultural and conservation communities, and with state and federal agencies, to design and implement projects that will examine the effectiveness of different ecological restoration techniques. These efforts will build on Archbold’s strengths in traditional ecological research conducted in the relatively undisturbed scrub habitats of the Station, and the increasing understanding of the functioning of working agricultural landscapes from its agro-ecology studies at the MacArthur Agro-Ecology Research Center at Buck Island Ranch.

HartwrightiaArchbold held a planning workshop, funded by National Science Foundation, in 2003 to help guide future research, education and land management activities on this site. Preliminary biological inventories of the Reserve were completed in 2003-2008, including bird counts and surveys of fishes, plants, and herps.

LygodiumWetland restoration began in 2010 with funding from the USDA Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP); approximately 40% of the Reserve (1,502 acres) has been placed in WRP easements for purposes of wetland community restoration. Part of this work involves the control of exotic plants, such as Old World Climbing Fern and Torpedograss, both in the WRPs and throughout the Reserve.