Beginning late May 2023 (weather pending), the Town will begin completing a 14 acre ecological restoration project. Project location is south of the Erie Commons neighborhood and West of the Vista Pointe neighborhood, approximately SE of the end of Bonnell Avenue on Town owned Open Space.
The goal of the project is to restore the land to a better functioning native landscape. The restored property will ultimately need less maintenance mowing and less herbicide to maintain, reducing the overall maintenance burden/cost while improving the landscape.
Long term it will provide much improved ecological services such as:
Increased wildlife habitat
Increased native plant species diversity
Better overall aesthetics
Lower noxious weed infestation
Reduction in prairie dog activity
Work is expected to take approximately two years for completion. Residents will see activity off and on depending on the season and the maintenance task. In the early stages of the project residents may see large farm equipment operating on the site. The remainder of the project will be tackled with smaller riding equipment or hand held equipment.