The 1,500 acres that now comprise Chippewa Nature Center have been managed by the people of this region for thousands of years. From Native American agriculture more than 500 years ago to fur traders and lumbermen to gravel miners and farmers, this land bears the evidence of people’s connection to it. As stewards of this remarkable riverfront landscape, the staff, board and volunteers of CNC now work to restore and manage these acres.
Chippewa Nature Center manages its land to develop and support healthy, diverse ecosystems that thrive with native plants and animals. We work toward this goal in the following ways:
- Controlling and removing of invasive exotic plant species. These species out-compete native species, reducing diversity and offering less value to wildlife than native species. We control and remove these species using controlled burns, pulling, cutting and chemical control.
- Planting native species. Native wildflowers, grasses, trees and shrubs are added to the landscape to bring back species that once thrived here and to replace invasive species that have been removed.
- Monitoring species of special concern. CNC staff and volunteers regularly monitor plant and animal species that are locally or regionally rare. We do this through regular surveys of the property, citizen science projects and formal research projects.
- Working with universities, county, state and federal agencies. These organizations conduct the majority of formal research that takes place on CNC’s land and adjacent rivers. They also support our land management through grants and monitoring.