Restoration of a Multi-Functional Landscape: Mill Creek after Dam Removal (2010)
The master's project team developed strategies for the restoration and management of the Mill Creek Park area in the Village of Dexter, MI - an area undergoing significant changes since the 2008 removal of the Mill Creek Dam. The land and its human and non-human residents are experiencing changes in habitat types, flora and fauna, and recreational and educational opportunities. Considering these changes, the project provides options for maintaining the health of Mill Creek, incorporating the Creek into educational and recreational activities, and enhancing the human-nature relationship overall. The recommendations build on the existing Mill Creek Park Master Plan and are designed for the Village of Dexter parks and planning staff, Dexter Community Schools, and local residents. The team also recommended options for professional and volunteer ecological restoration efforts, stormwater solutions, and outdoor education and interpretation opportunities.
Tom O'Dowd, MS Behavior, Education and Communication
Katherine Hollins, MS Behavior, Education and Communication
Alison Richardson, MS Behavior, Education and Communication
Patrick Reed, MLA
James John Minesky, MS Environmental Policy and Planning
Rebecca Gajewski, MS Conservation Biology