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Natural Resource Management

Wildlife at wetland areas around DCRA benefits from the airport's natural resource management strategy.

Cherokee Marsh Enhancements

Previous airport construction projects have required the conversion and improvement of several wetland areas. In 2004, DCRA completed a re-establishment of the Cherokee Marsh through the realignment of the Canadian Pacific railroad. The project included enhanced track placement and elevation to protect the natural habitats. In addition, airport engineers developed natural erosion control features and protected key water runoffs, thus restoring the marsh to a natural and self-sustaining wetland.

Starkweather Creek Restoration

DCRA has worked diligently to include the Starkweather Creek as part of its Master Plan. This important airport waterway traverses the airport property and connects to other larger waterways in Dane County. DCRA continues to monitor the water quality of this natural habitat. Starkweather Creek water is tested as it leaves airport property to ensure that current protection programs are effective.

Greenspace Development

The Greenspace Development program includes specific procedures for using vegetation that detracts from animal habitat development. Nonwoody plantings as well as the use of switchgrass vegetation, reduce the need for other methods of wildlife management. In addition, these vegetation choices reduce maintenance and care issues while providing an attractive appearance.

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