A three-year project is set to begin at Wildwood Metropark to restore the prairie.
The goal of the project is to improve the habitat for numerous species including birds, more than 50 types of butterflies and several types of rare, native plants.
According to a news release, the first step is to cut existing vegetation to the ground. In the spring when plants emerge, the next step will be to use selective herbicides to weed out non-native invasive, species, allowing native plants to thrive.
This restoration process will be done in smaller sections to make sure vegetation is available to wildlife while the mowed areas re-establish themselves. Most of the mowing will be done at night, when the park is closed.
This month, crews will target an area known to regular park visitors as Susan's Meadow, visible from the Yellow Trail. A portion of the area is also known to some as "logo tree prairie" because of a large oak tree that dominates the landscape and is featured in the Metroparks logo.
"The result will be a very scenic prairie that is home to a wide variety of plants and animals," said Tim Schetter, Metroparks director of natural resources.
The project is being funded with support from the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Partners for Clean Streams.
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