A major goal of the restoration was to bring back Grus antigone sharpii into the area. A habitat that could support Grus antigone sharpii and the plants necessary for its survival needed to be restored. To rebuild the wetland habitat it was essential that historic physical, chemical, and biological conditions be restored (Barzen, 1993). Once the natural biotic and abiotic processes were reestablished the area would invite other wetland animals and support a higher diversity of wetland plants. Recreating the historic hydrology of the area was the key component of the system that had to be replaced before any other habitat improvements were possible (Beilfuss and Barzen, 1994).
Restoration and Reclamation Review