Managing wetlands on your property | Living the Country Life

Managing wetlands on your property

Wetlands don't have to be problematic; they can be a beautiful habitat.

Wetlands are precious habitats that provide refuge for unique wildlife and enrich the land. Don't view your wetlands as pesky breeding grounds for mosquitoes and unwanted species, look at them as valuable assets.

Wetlands may be difficult to recognize because there are many types. The term wetland is used to describe bogs, swamps, and marshes. A wetland can stay wet all year long, or it may be an area that's only wet during the rainy seasons.

Jennifer Anderson-Cruz, a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) biologist, says wetlands can be wooded and shrubby, or they could be meadows that look like a grassland but have heavily saturated soils or a high water table.

Early settlers regarded wetlands as wastelands and drained them. Now, at least 50% of natural wetland acreage in the U.S. has been lost. Every year, over 250,000 acres of wetlands are destroyed by urban, industrial, and agricultural developments.

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