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A Vegetative Model for Restoration, Conservation, and Habitat Enhancement on Beneficial-Use Dredge Sediments, GMP project #MX974606

Being Conducted for the Bartaria/Terrebonne National Estuary Program by Mike Materne, LSU Ag Center

About this Project

The goal of this project is to develop baseline information on environmental parameters affecting the selection, establishment, and growth of plant species for dredge-restored sites. The specific objectives of the study are 1) to implement a comprehensive program of dredge materials/plant species research; 2) to initiate steps which reduce the time required for the establishment of productive plant communities on dredge materials; 3) to develop a methodology to re-vegetate and manage dredge materials that will support a more increased plant species-rich habitat than is currently being realized; 4) to identify the physical, chemical, and biological factors which control the success or failure of dredge material vegetative plantings; and 5) to provide planners, designers and builders with management strategies that incorporate an ecological and environmental perspective into dredge-material engineering.

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Photograph of Salicornia europaca, glasswort, a common plant of the higher saltmarsh.

Salicornia europaca, glasswort, is a common plant of the higher saltmarsh...

Photograph of  traditional way of planting smooth cord grass Spartina alternalaflora

Traditional way of planting smooth cord grass Spartina alternalaflora.

Photograph of airplane spreading seeds.

Aerial Application in March

Aerial phtograph showing micro habitats for selecting proper plant species for each habitat.

Defining the “micro” habitats and selecting the proper plant species for each habitat

Photograph of a small ridge with Iva frutescens, marsh-elder, saltgrass, and a couple of other species of marsh vegetation.

A small ridge having slightly greater elevation supports...

Photograph of dead seagrasses in area with improper elevation.

Survival is poor when the elevation is not correct.

Two photographs, one showing seed distribution and the other showing seed germination and seedling survival.

Seed Distribution slide


Photograph of Disichilis spicata (saltgrass).

Disichilis spicata (saltgrass)...

Closeup photograph of a toothache tree.

A toothache tree on a ridge will support migratory neotropical birds during migration

Photograph of Spartina seed.

Preparing the Spartina seed.

Two photographs, both showing mature, reproducing marshes.

In December a mature, reproducing marsh.



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