Sunday, October 8, 2017, 1-3pm: Riparian Restoration at Mill Creek

Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 1:00pm
Hike Location: 
Mill Creek Park North, Main Street, Dexter, MI
Mill Creek Park was created on 4 acres of land on the former Mill Pond dam impoundment following dam removal. Together with invited City reps, site planners, and restoration and riparian ecologists, we will discuss riparian planning and restoration processes, as well as challenges that still remain, including reed canary grass invasion. The City (Village at the time) received a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund Grant and a Waterways Infrastructure Grant in 2009 to develop non-motorized boat launches, a trail network, natural features (including some wetland restoration) and fishing docks to reconnect people with the Mill Creek. For background information see the City of Dexter site ( and the JJR Site Plan (

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Hike Facilitator: 
Catherine Riseng, University of Michigan, Paul Evanoff, SmithGroup JJR, and David Mindell, PlantWise, LLC
____________Catherine Riseng, PhD, is an Assistant Research Scientist and aquatic ecologist with specific focus on fluvial ecosystems and benthic invertebrate ecology. She is interested in assessing and understanding the effects of human landscape alteration on river and lake ecosystems. Her work has included landscape-based models of riverine condition using biological indicators and regression-based models that predict expected condition for rivers of Michigan and Wisconsin. She has also led development of a large geo-spatial database and classification framework, the Great Lakes Aquatic Habitat Framework. ____________Paul Evanoff is a senior landscape architect with SmithGroup JJR, the firm involved in the Mill Creek restoration project. It's fitting that Paul is inspired by Fredrick Law Olmstead. "Seeing his work today that was his vision back in the early 20th century is remarkable,” he says. Paul has worked on a few visionary projects himself, including Crosswinds Marsh Interpretive Park and Preserve, one of the nation's largest and most successful restored wetlands projects. He has devoted much of his career working on parks and recreation, and natural resource restoration projects, and this passion for his work extends to community and civic involvement. Mindell founded PlantWise, LLC in 1998. He and the business are dedicated to creating and restoring native ecosystems and plant communities and working with people to bring native habitats into their yards and lives. David's company is involved in the plant community restoration of Mill Creek.