Why Restore and Manage?
Invasive species were introduced to the Anoka Sand Plain through human actions such as farming, irrigation, suburban development, and the importing of plants from other areas of the world. Invasive species have a negative impact on wildlife and pollinators.
Human intervention is now the only solution to return the wetlands to their native state. The removal of invasive species and implementation of restoration strategies will allow the native seedbank, wildlife, and pollinators to return.
Trees do not typically grow well in wetlands. Over time, invasive trees have taken hold and the tree removal is part of the wetland restoration process.
In addition to wetlands, the Blaine Wetland Sanctuary also has an upland forest habitat where healthy trees remain and invasive species are managed.