Many farms have exceedingly wet areas that are just not worth farming. Often, these areas tear up equipment, bog down vehicles, and rarely yield any find of crop except for weeds. Penton Enterprises has experience restoring wetland areas to become productive for wildlife and recreational activities.
This wetlands restoration project involved converting 180 acres of low-producing irrigated corn/soybean field back into its historic wetlands. The landowner utilized the Wetland Reserve Program (WRP) for funding. The WRP contract paid for all excavation, equipment mobilization, clearing and grubbing, habitat restoration, and weed control. This land consisted of primarily sandy soils and experienced persistent flooding issues, which significantly affected its farming productivity. This land is within close proximity to the Platte River and is important stop-over for migrating waterfowl which made this property an ideal WRP project. The land offers habitat for of Sandhill cranes, Canada geese, ducks, white-tailed deer, pheasants, and wild turkeys.
More than 5 miles of historic river channels that ranged in depth from 6 inches to 4 feet were re-established. GPS guided excavators and dozers stripped the soil and re-distributed it on site. Each developed ecosystem type (wetland, transitional, and upland) was seeded with local ecotype native seeding mix harvested from a nearby Nature Conservancy property. The project was undertaken in late fall and early winter and took 47 days to complete.