ANNOUNCEMENT:  THE KREYER CREEK WETLAND MITIGATION BANKS - EAST'S & WEST'S MBI WERE SIGNED ON OCTOBER 27, 2016.  The initial release of credits have been authorized for both banks.  Congratulations!

During the 2015/2016 winter season progress has been made in the first phase of the invasive non-native (INN) woody species on the project site.  The photos below were taken from Monitoring Point 50.  It shows the "after" condition of an area that originally had greater than 75% woody INN infestation.  This area will be followed up with herbicide treatments and a prescribed burn in fall of 2017.

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The second revision of the Comprehensive Site Plan (CSP) and the Mitigation Bank Instrument (MBI) were submitted for final review and comment on November 26, 2015.  It was at this stage that the original bank was divided into the East Bank and the West Bank projects.


 

Here are the Spartan Land Investment LLC partners beginning the process of removing and treating the glossy buckthorn invasive species within the wooded wetland area.  A pink dye was placed in the herbicide to be able to distinguish the treated stumps from the untreated stumps.  This was started during the winter of 2014 - 2015.

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A prescribed burn was conducted on the west side of Kreyer Creek on the project site on September 12, 2015.  Quercus Land Stewardship Services located in Black Earth, WI conducted the burn.  The burn was completed as a part of the invasive non-native (INN) species control activities.  The area of the control burn had 4 applications of herbicide over two seasons prior to the burn.  The primary INN species in this area is reed canary grass.

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The field work for the wetland boundary delineation was conducted during the month of September 2014.  The wetland delineation report contained information gathered from 6 informational points (holes) and 53 transects with 132 sample points (holes).  Due to the earlier backhoe investigations to find the existing tile lines, there was an abundance of subsurface water hydrology data that was included in the report.

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The IRT Members visited the site on August 18, 2014, after a Draft Prospectus was submitted, to offer comments and suggestions on how to proceed with submitting the Final Prospectus for the Bank Site The IRT Members are Rebecca Graser, US ACE, Susan Elston, US EPA, and Pamela Schense, WDNR. They are shown here with John Scholze, Wisconsin Wetland Specialist discussing the vegetation along the Kreyer Creek channel.

                                                                                                      
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Since there were no existing plans showing the location of the subsurface tile systems within the crop fields on the site, it was necessary to hire a backhoe to re-locate the existing tile lines.  The backhoe investigations were done in June 2014.

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