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Almost 20 years after the first management project was planned, it is now time for active habitat management to occur again in this wetland. The goal will be to thin the stands of trees on the islands so they will again be attractive to nesting birds, create open stands of water by removing dense stands of swamp loosestrife while keeping the old, mature button bushes, and where possible, to deepen areas with open water.
This will be accomplished by draining the wetland after the birds have finished nesting. The goal here is to dry out the soil so that a “road” of large timber flats can be placed out in the wetland and onto which heavy equipment can be driven to do the work. The time that this work will take will depend on rainfall during the work.
During this process the Wetlands will not look their best. In the case of this type of habitat management, the initial stages of work will make the area look in disarray, but within a year the wetland will have recovered. After two years the wetland will be thriving and more productive than ever.
The Cypress Wetlands has now become an important amenity that benefits both its residents and its economy. After this habitat management work is done, the Town will establish an ongoing habitat management plan that will control the amount of aquatic shrubs in the water and the density of trees on the islands so that these habitats remain healthy for the birds and other wildlife.
We encourage you to follow this work as it is being done. Afterwards, we hope you visit the Cypress Wetlands regularly to see how quickly nature heals itself! Thanks to the investment and support of the Town of Port Royal, this special place will continue to be very special for generations to come!