The Mashpee Conservation Department has been awarded a $25,000 grant to begin an initial phase of wetland restoration at Chop Chaque Bog, an abandoned cranberry bog adjacent to Santuit Pond purchased by the town last year.
The Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game notified the conservation department of the award on Wednesday, February 10. The grant will fund a site reconnaissance survey and the conceptual design for the restoration project for about 6.5 acres of bog at the property.
“Cranberry bogs, when they’re left to their own devices, when they’re abandoned, don’t always necessarily revert back to a wetland habitat,” said Katelyn Cadoret, Mashpee’s assistant conservation agent. “There usually needs to be some kind of deliberate action out on the bogs to recapitulate that habitat.”
The initial funding will help the conservation department hire a contractor to survey the existing site conditions to determine the best method for wetland restoration, Ms. Cadoret said. Those methods could include removal of sand layers and topographical features as well as restoration plantings, she said.