What does the Wetland have to offer us?
Many people don't know that Sanborn has a wetland,
let alone that the wetland has many uses and beneficial plants. The wetland
serves as a flood plain, an area that collects water and prevents flooding
in developed areas during the spring when there is a lot of rain and snow
is melting. It also serves as a home to both aquatic and land bound animals.
For example, some aquatic creatures are water fleas and daphnia (which
are small organisms). Some land animals that benefit from the wetland are
chipmunks and seasonal birds. Some animals like both land and in the water
such as frogs and salamanders. There are also many uses for plants that
are in our wetland. According to Becky Thayer, a student in the Project
World class, there are both trees and bushes that we can benefit from in
One kind of plant that is useful is the Black
Cherry tree. The Black Cherry tree is used for making furniture. There
is also the Red Mulberry tree. The Red Mulberry tree is a small tree that
is used for furniture making, fence posts, cooperage (barrel making and
repair), and ship building. The berries from this tree are used in jellies,
pies, and in drinks. Both trees are used as a food source and home to animals
There are also small bushes in the wetland
that are very useful. The Barberry bush is used for decoration in store
displays, preserves, and in jellies. There is also the Forget-Me-Not bush.
This bush is well known throughout the United Sates. The blue flowered
Forget-Me-Not bushes have perennial roots with stems that ascend toward
These are only a few examples of how trees
and bushes can be used in everyday life. In our wetland there are many
other plants that we use or we can use. Plants also have the job of being
a food resource and home to many animals that make the ecosystem what it
is today. A wetland is a valuable resource not only to us but to environment
and the ecosystem. Even though you might not think the wetland impacts
you at all or that you have no use for it, no one wants to find out what
life without wetlands would be like.