Wetland ecology & conservation
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Wetland - a land area that is saturated with water, either permanently or seasonally, such that it takes on the characteristics of a distinct ecosystem. Primarily, the factor that distinguishes wetlands from other land forms or water bodies is the characteristic vegetation that is adapted to its unique soil conditions: Wetlands consist primarily of hydric soil, which supports aquatic plants.
The water found in wetlands can be saltwater, freshwater, or brackish. Main wetland types include swamps, marshes, bogs and fens. Sub-types include mangrove, carr, pocosin, and varzea. Wetlands play a number of roles in the environment, principally water purification, flood control, and shoreline stability. Wetlands are also considered the most biologically diverse of all ecosystems, serving as home to a wide range of plant and animal life.
Wetlands occur naturally on every continent except Antarctica. They can also be constructed artificially as a water management tool, which may play a role in the developing field of water-sensitive urban design. Wikipedia: wetland
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Im a young professional in the field of natural resources, specifically wetland science. My experience is in the Midwest, NCNCE, and EMP regions. North VA is the furthest south I’ve ever worked. The most east I’ve worked in was central PA. I want to move south soon, maybe around north FL. I am wondering what a field day/work would look like in a more warmer, tropical environment than what I am used to? Any thoughts or advice would help!! Thanks a bunch!!
Hello everyone, I just wanted to pop on and am hoping someone could help with a few questions.
My husband and I are interested in purchasing a piece of property in MN that is about 70% wetland. When I spoke to the county they told me a rough estimate would be 5 useable acres for any type of building. It is zoned for forest/agricultural.
We are interested in building an off grid cabin for occasional use. We also would like to help conserve the wetlands that on on the property should we purchase it.
My questions are:
When can a delineation survey be done? There is still quite a bit of snow in the area.
Will it be hard to acquire the permits of an off grid cabin/ possible travel camper?
Where do I access the information to help with the conservation of the wetlands in that specific area?
I am a university student in Thunder Bay Ontario and I have been given the opportunity to make a plan for a wetland conservation area that has been recently donated. I want to make this as interactive as possible, does anyone have ideas other than a boardwalk and info signs?
Help us save Lågendeltaet nature reserve!
On the 10th of February 2023, the Norwegian government announced that it will change the country’s strictest environmental law to build a new four-lane highway across the wetland nature reserve “Lågendeltaet”. We hope you can help us save the freshwater delta by signing this petition:
Sign and share: https://secure.avaaz.org/community_petitions/en/the_norwegian_government_help_us_save_the_lagendelta_nature_reserve/
Can anyone recommend a course or guide to help with grass sedge and rush ID? I want so badly to get better at it but it’s so overwhelming seeing 20 different grasses in the field and having to understand the differences.
Hi everyone! I applied for my WPIT three weeks ago. I know it says that it takes up to 8 weeks, but I was wondering how long it took you all to actually hear back? I've been anxiously checking my email:)
For World Wetlands Day we at MNL put together a video raise awareness of the benefits of this critical ecosystem.
There is a 4 acre property in Louisiana I'm looking at purchasing. About half of it is considered wetlands. I grew up in wetlands and enjoyed many aspects of it and thought it would be a neat opportunity to buy, as I don't want to build a house on it.
I travel full time and would love to park my RV there for a couple weeks at a time, every few months, while in the area. However, I received the documents from the Corps of Engineers and it looks like the entire front of the property that attaches to the main road is considered a wetland.
Here is an image. Note, the right side is the entry to the property from the main road. The left side of the property is the river. The giant red area is wetlands.
Since the entire front part of the property is a wetland, I'm assuming building a driveway and RV pad to hold a 24,000 lb RV is 1. a permitting nightmare and 2. Potentially unsafe, now or in the next 15 years, correct?
Any insight is appreciated.
Any Professional Wetland Scientists out there? I'm approaching 6 years of experience and getting ready to apply.
I learned about an act back in my natural resource policy class and all I can remember was "would a reasonable duck land there" and it was in the definition of a wetland.
Any ideas? Google brought up nothing.
I have a site visit tomorrow over a dispute about tidally influenced areas. I am searching for a simple guide to help me ID high marsh vegetation of Maryland. Is anyone familiar with a creditable source that would have this information?
Hey fellow Scientists! I have always been a firm believer in muckboots for my wetland work however I know things change in the consumer world and I’m wondering what you all use for field work!?
Hey guys, student here! Turns out I’m really bad at identifying hydric soil features based off of written data and I’d like to practice/review some more, but I’m having trouble finding resources online that don’t use the soil itself as the means to review what to look for. Does anyone know of any resources where I can practice working purely off of a written soil profile?
My house and property backs up to wetlands. I know these areas are protected, but there are a ton of downed/dead trees that I would love to buck and collect for firewood. I wouldn’t cut any living trees and would only be doing cleanup of downed trees. Am I allowed to do this legally?
Anyone review the new WOTUS yet? I took a brief look and it just looks like it’s rapanos? Still significant nexus test, etc…