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OPERATIONS
From Golf Course to Nature Study Area
By Elena Larsen
I
t is the mission of Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) to
protect and enhance our communities' livability through public engagement,
education, and the sustainability of our parks, open spaces and
trails. TMPF is furthering this mission through the Rosewood Restoration
Project. The 219-acre Rosewood Nature Study Area (RNSA), located
in Reno, Nevada, operated as a municipal golf course from 1991 to 2015. The
course was decommissioned when a regional roadway was built that bisected
the property. Possibilities for reopening the golf course were considered, but
ultimately the plan was deemed infeasible. The property remained vacant until
fall of 2018 when TMPF began planning the restoration of the wetlands
and the opening of the property as a nature study area. A community-led
planning strategy began in collaboration with the City of Reno and the National
Parks Service's Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.
Project Vision and Goals
The vision of the RNSA is to
establish and steward a publicly
accessible
Great
Basin wetland
habitat, where the community can
come to learn about and appreciate
the importance of our natural open
spaces and local parks. There are
four main goals to accomplish this:
develop a sustainable restoration
plan for the property, rehabilitate
existing paths and develop new
trails, offer an environmentally
conscious nature center, and inspire
community members to
proactive
take
volunteer
role in
a
the
preservation and improvement of
our parks and open spaces.
The vision of the Rosewood Nature Study
Area is to establish and steward a publicly
accessible Great Basin wetland habitat.
Community Engagement
TMPF wanted to ensure the development
of this project was not only
community driven, but also created
and built with diverse groups of
the community. Public engagement
played a vital role throughout the
process - more than 1,300 community
members participated in the
development of the RNSA concept.
Volunteerism
To inspire individuals to take an
active role in the improvement of
their open spaces, TMPF hosts
volunteer days at the RNSA.
Volunteer opportunities range
from invasive/debris removal to
phenology tracking and more. Since
January 2020, 270 volunteers have
participated in events totaling 670
volunteer hours, worth more than
$15,000 in labor. Volunteer events
allow the community to actively
participate in the restoration while
helping TMPF accomplish its goals.
Restoration and Progress
The main focus of the RNSA restoration
activities in the short term
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is removing invasive and noxious
weed species from the property and
concurrently planting ecologicallyappropriate
native species. TMPF
is implementing an integrated pest
management plan to target invasive
weeds. For example, more sensitive
areas that are being replanted to
encourage pollinators
are
utilizing
non-chemical invasive species removal
techniques, whereas areas that are
overrun with difficult perennial species
will use a combination of mechanical
and chemical approaches.
The native plants chosen for revegetation
include species that are
shown to be quality forage and habitat
for wildlife, stabilize streambanks,
and/or provide important ecosystem
services. A mixture of woody and
herbaceous plants is used along riparian
areas to maximize bank stability
and reduce erosion.
Future restoration efforts may
include more intensive grading or
topographic
changes to increase
water storage, but for the moment,
TMPF is focusing on restoring the
ecosystem services that wetlands
can provide with appropriate vegetation
and healthy soils. To date,
134 acres have been treated, 92
acres have shown improvement
(percentage of coverage for native
plants increasing or invasive plants
decreasing), approximately 4,000
native plants have been established,
and 12,500 linear feet of riparian
area has been planted with stabilizing
species.
Elena Larsen is Wetland Restoration
Program Director at Truckee Meadows
Parks Foundation (elena@
tmparksfoundation.org).
PHOTO COURTESY OF TRUCKEE MEADOWS
PARKS FOUNDATION

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