Results and Accomplishments
A restoration team devised plans to restore park wetlands using marsh terracing, a relatively new technique used to convert shallow water to marshland. Under this method, terraces, or ridges, are constructed at the correct elevation for marshes. NOAA Fisheries Service asked planners to incorporate three different sizes of terrace cells so they could assess their relative value in restoring marsh habitat.
The cells, or ridges, were arranged in a checkerboard pattern, and following construction, were planted with smooth cordgrass. More than 125 acres of marsh terraces were constructed. NOAA’s follow-up research showed that marsh terracing rated very highly compared to other restoration methods, and that constructing terrace . elds with the medium-sized cells was more cost effective than building the terrace fields from small or large cells. The research results should lead to more effective, efficient marshland restoration on future projects, both at the Galveston Park and elsewhere. The restoration team was awarded a Coastal America Partnership Award in 2001 to recognize its efforts to restore Galveston Island State Park’s coastal habitat.