Section 6 - Site Management and Monitoring
Wetlands are dynamic ecosystems that slowly change and evolve in response to natural processes. The development of sustainable, functional ecosystems can take years of active management before they truly represent natural systems. Thorough management plans and proper management strategies encourage species diversity and allow for successional development of these wetlands and surrounding upland vegetative buffers within the shortest time frame possible. Project monitoring also plays a key role in the restoration process by guiding decision making about when, and how site maintenance strategies should be implemented. Effective monitoring plans provide information relevant to project goals, anticipated outcomes, and maintenance strategies used.
A primary goal of this section of the Guide is to provide a basic level of understanding of long-term site management along with a discussion of maintenance strategies that can be used to successfully manage restored and created wetland sites and upland buffers. The Guide also recommends site monitoring schedules and checklists for routine inspections and provides information for more advanced site monitoring that allows for measurement of specific goals, objectives, and project outcomes or performance standards.