When visitors drive in the Arboretum front gate, the recently developed area on the right, across the stream, is the Arboretum's recent project in natural lands management and restoration. In the early 1900s John Morris installed drainage tiles in the meadows so he could better graze cattle. The recent restoration project has re-created the pre-existing wetland as a demonstration of best management practices for our floodplain.
Funded by state and federal agencies, local foundations and generous individuals, the area has been planted using suitable native plants. It has become a sanctuary for plants, wildlife and nature lovers.