Status and Trends of US Wetlands

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s d Status and Trends of the Nation’s Wetlands A new report by the Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service, Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Conterminous United States 1986 to 1997, indicates the rate of wetland loss in the United States has decreased by 80 percent in the past decade. This is the greatest measured overall decline in the rate of wetland loss since records have been compiled by the Federal government. These results point out that the American public needs to remain diligent in its commitment to wetland protection, so the substantial progress being made in wetland protection is not lost in the future. A separate scientifically-based survey, the National Resources Inventory (NRI), conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, on the Nation’s private lands for the period 1992 to 1997, also showed a significant reduction in wetland losses. The NRI reports that the rate of wetland loss has declined even more between 1992 and 1997 than in the previous five years. The NRI differs from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wetlands Status and Trends report in its legislative mandate and purpose, as well as time frame, scope, focus, and methodologies. The revised 1997 NRI provides information on the status and trends of soil, water and related resources on the Nation’s privately owned lands on a national, regional, and state basis. The Fish and Wildlife Service Wetland Status and Trends report shows that the loss rate of estuarine wetlands along the nation’s coastlines declined substantially. However, freshwater wetlands in coastal areas remained susceptible to loss because of development. While the study also reported that between 1986 and 1997, forested wetlands and freshwater wetlands continued to show the most dramatic losses, the conversion of forested wetlands to agriculture had been reduced in places such as the lower Mississippi alluvial plain and southeast coastal states. Much of the overall decline in wetland loss can be attributed to wetland policies and programs enacted in the past decade that have helped reduce draining and filling of wetlands, while increasing wetland restoration, creation and enhancement. Important among these were more vigilant regulation of activities that impact wetlands, elimination of incentives for wetland drainage, acquisition and conservation easements, public education and outreach about wetlands. Other efforts included private land initiatives, coastal resource protection programs, and wetland restoration and creation actions by Federal, State, and local agencies, working in concert with business, citizen associations, and youth groups.
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The Nation is clearly on the correct path to fulfill the National goal of “no net loss” of wetlands. These wetland findings of the Service further demonstrate that economic growth and
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This note was uploaded on 05/14/2008 for the course ENST 300 taught by Professor James during the Spring '08 term at Maryland.

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