Go Green Report: Building Healthy Wetlands

Published 07/31 2014 04:16PM

Updated 07/31 2014 06:54PM

RIT students are giving nature a helping hand.  Kim Lodge, an RIT undergraduate, enjoys the hard work, "Being able to participate in restoring wetlands is really rewarding." 

In the shadow of the High Acres Landfill in Perinton, there is a nature preserve, owned by Waste Management.  Christy Tyler, an Associate Professor at RIT, said, "The students have been working on planting native plants, removing invasive species, and improving habitat quality for the wildlife that lives here."  The federal government requires landfills to replace the wetlands they displace, "We are losing wetlands at a really rapid rate.  The us as a whole we've lost more than half of our wetlands." 

however, building healthy wetlands takes a lot of work.  that's where the students and a large group of volunteers come in.  Kaity Moranz, an RIT undergraduate student, sees the progress, "So far, we've seen a lot of progress with the birds that have been coming back now that we have better habitat for them."

The outdoor classroom consists of 250 acres with 4 miles of trails and several wetland areas.  Kim Lodge, an RIT undergraduate enjoys the outdoor work, "This is the first time I've had a job where i get to be outside all the time."

It's an important job, making a home for the more than 130 different species of birds and other wildlife that now call this home.

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