What do we need to know to conserve wetlands on working lands in the South
Led by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, CEAP conducts nationwide assessments to quantify the effectiveness of conservation practices applied in agricultural landscapes. The CEAP-Wetlands group specifically evaluates practices that protect or restore wetland ecosystem services such as water-quality improvement, floodwater storage, and wildlife habitat. As part of a CEAP effort, multiple research partners produced seven regional reviews and a cross-region analysis that were published as a Special Issue of the journal Ecological Applications.
SRS scientist Diane De Steven and USDA-ARS scientist Richard Lowrance led the mid-Atlantic/Southeastern Coastal Plain review, which examined current evidence for practice effectiveness and highlighted research needs for the region. The collaborators found that the nature and outcomes of wetland restoration practices on most Southeastern program lands were undocumented, and they identified a critical need to incorporate wetland types as a component of assessing ecosystem services. The scientists' review resulted in new CEAP funding to the SRS for a research study that will analyze wetland restoration practices across several Southern states. The findings will improve conservation planning, project outcomes, and monitoring of wetlands-related practices and programs for working lands in the South and elsewhere.
|Conservation of Wetlands in Agricultural Landscapes of the United States: Summary of the CEAP Wetlands Literature Synthesis||(external web site)|
|Related publications available from the Ecological Society of America||(external web site)|
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