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 A years-long project has restored a Mills River wetland to its natural state. Conserving Carolina took on the Mouth of Mud Creek project after acquiring the land in 2015.

On Tuesday, the nonprofit gave AmeriCorps volunteers a tour of what used to be farmland.

Part of the project included building sloughs to encourage the spawning of muskies.

"These floodplain projects are extremely important to our area, not just to the native plants and animals that live in a flood plain, but also to the people that live in our region," Conserving Carolina Natural Resources Manager David Lee said. "These projects support water quality, they support recreation. You know, they're just extremely important to our region."

Conserving Carolina is also taking on several other restoration projects in Henderson County, including one in Etowah called the Pleasant Grove project.


STORY & PHOTO COURTESY OF ABC 13 WLOSYears-long restoration project brings Mills River wetland back to life | WLOS