This morning I made a rather early trip out to the Wapato Unit of the TRNWR. I did a little talk about the history of Wapato Lake, its conversion to farmland in the 1930s, and the acquisition of the land by USFWS for rehabilitation. It was for the Youth Corps group I talked to a couple of weeks ago. Again, I emphasized that what they were doing by removing “introduced” plants is a really important step in the long process of restoring the land to a more natural state.
Here’s a few pictures of what Wapato looks like now.
So right now Wapato Unit is mainly corn. But what about the future? As I understand it, the plan is to restore Wapato Lake eventually. Because I made a wrong turn getting there I came in from the north down Spring Hill Rd, and about a half-mile upstream on Wapato Creek is a nice little lake that might serve as an interim vision of what a lot of hard work and years of patience might bring.