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The Appleton Wetland: Its decline, possible causes and recommended action

This report is a culmination of over three years of study, research, observations and actions, and was prepared by the Appleton Wetland Research Group of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN).

The initial study of this Provincially Significant Wetland began in 2011, in response to the mass die-off of the trees within the wetland. An expanded Research Group was formed by MVFN in the summer of 2013, commissioned to complete research into the causes of the die-off, and to prepare a report on findings and recommendations for remediation. The intended primary recipients for the report were the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and the Standing Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Mississippi River Water Management Plan. A preliminary verbal report, with accompanying MS PowerPoint presentation, was presented to the above agencies in March of 2014.

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We have now completed an extensive written report of our research and findings. The final report dated August 11, 2014, an executive summary, Appendices A through Q, and the preliminary presentation are all posted  below. To contact the Research Group for more information or comments, please contact and a member of the Research Group will try to answer questions. The lead on this project was the late Al Seaman.

Copyright Notice: Please note that all information contained within the preliminary report, the final report and the Appendices are copyright the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (except where indicated). All Rights Reserved. The information may be copied, in whole or in part, without editing or alteration, for non-commercial purposes, provided that the information source and copyright are identified with such copy.

A printed copy of the report and appendices posted below are also available for reference at the Almonte branch of the Mississippi Mills Public Library.

Executive Summary Appleton Wetland Report

Appleton Wetland Report

Appendix A-Definitions

Appendix B-Extracts-MRWMP

Appendix C-Flow Records

Appendix D-Level Records

Appendix E-Photo Analysis

Appendix F-Appleton Level Reference

Appendix G-MVFN Tree Project

Appendix H-Coordinated Level Measurements

Appendix I-Rock Ridge levels

Appendix J-The Vanishing Island

Appendix K-Wetland Inspection

Appendix L-Tree Coring

Appendix M-SAC-Min

Appendix N-PSW-ANSI

Appendix O-Wetland Photos

Appendix P-More Flow-Level

Appendix Q-MVCA-report

 

Appleton Wetland Preliminary Report Power Point Presentation 2014-03-11

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