The Battista Wetland Restoration Project involved the restoration and enhancement of an abandoned agricultural field/pasture that was once a wetland.
The project involved selectively excavating areas to a depth of of 12 to 18 inches to create pockets of water and small islands, just like in a natural wetland. Drainage was also eliminated to retain water.
The unique part of this project involved constructing a half-acre wetland in the back yard of the property owner.
This backyard habitat compliments the flower gardens, butterfly gardens, and other plantings located immediately behind the 150-year old stone farm house.
Students from Polytech High School, as well as agency personnel planted approximately 200 native trees and shrubs on May 6, 2005. The majority of the plants were grown by the Polytech students.