MRW Environmental, LLC

Wetland and Natural Resource Consulants

Beech River Mitigation Site

This project, located in Henderson County, Tennessee was developed for TDOT to provide mitigation to offset wetland losses resulting from road-building projects in Henderson and adjacent counties. The site which is adjacent to a tributary to Beech River and historically was a bottomland hardwood forested wetland. It had been severely degraded by clearing and conversion to cropland. The removal of the hydrology was accomplished trough the installation of drainage tiles and the construction of a network of ditches. Hydrologic restoration, which began in 2011, was complex and involved filling a series of ditches and locating and breaking drainage tiles. The area was replanted with native bottomland hardwood species that same year. The site is transitioning from the grass/forb stage of succession to that of a young bottomland forest.  It is providing valuable early successional habitat that is uncommon in western Tennessee. As it continues to mature into a bottomland hardwood ecosystem, it will provide habitat for a myriad of wetland-dependent species and complement the wetland habitat on nearby TWRA lands.
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Client: Tennessee Department of Transportation

Acreage:  34.0

Year Initiated:  2011

Project Status: Completed

Report Link: Coming Soon