Crabtree Swamp Restoration Project

Experience Type: 
Student Employee
Date Participated: 
July, 2010 to May, 2011
Experience Description: 
The Crabtree Swamp Restoration project is a floodplain restoration project of a section of Crabtree canal located in Conway, SC. The canal's floodplain was restored in June 2009, where native trees and bushes were planted. I was involved with evaluating the plant survival rates, the water level change in the canal at the restoration site and further upstream, rain accumulation during rain events over 6 sites found along the canal, and developing a contour map of the restoration site to determine the level of sediment accumulation. These activities will help to determine how effective the restoration project is.
This has been a valuable opportunity because I was able to see first hand what is involved with these kinds of restoration projects. I was also able to use my GIS computer skills as well as Windows Excel to evaluate the data. It has been great to see what makes these projects work and learn from those who are involved with it.

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