Past and Present Landscapes and Plant Cover of the Kimmes-Tobin Mitigated Wetlands, Foxboro, Douglas County, Wisconsin

The Kimmes-Tobin Wetlands were created from 470 acres of farmland in 1993, to replace wetlands lost through construction for US 53, Wisconsin 35 and 13. Botanical monitoring of aquatic vegetation for the Wisconsin DOT began in 1994 and was completed in 1998. A total 111 taxa were found for all sites during the study. The actual delineated wetland within the sites is dominated by 12 plant species and the final wetland delineation acreage was 171 acres on the 470 acre property. The site relies on surface drainage and rainfall over substrate with a low infiltration rate. In December 1997, scrub shrub, wet meadow, shallow marsh, deep marsh and aquatic bed species all were present and mapped. Three plant species tend to dominate the approximately three foot transition between standing water and the construction berm: Typha latifolia, Scirpus cyperinus, and Phalaris arundinaceae. Utilizing prevalence indices and weighted averages Davidson, principal investigator, stated that the 12 cells were mature wetlands and they were accepted by the Wisconsin DNR. In 2000, ownership of the Kimmes-Tobin Wetlands was transferred from the Wisconsin DOT to the University of Wisconsin Superior Foundation and the Foundation manages these wetlands and is responsible for the long term stability of these wetlands, now called the McQuarrie Wetlands. In the fall of 2004 Dr. Davidson, Dr. Bajjali and Dr. Balcer began offering formal instruction of inter-disciplinary studies in the wetland.


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  • Media Type: CD-ROM
  • Features: Maps; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 14p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 86th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers CD-ROM

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  • Accession Number: 01045930
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 07-0160
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Feb 8 2007 4:44PM