22 November 2011

Salt Marsh Losses on the Rise

”According to a new national report, our nation is losing salt marshes three times faster than previously reported in 2006. The vast majority of this loss is due to relative sea level rise and the effects of coastal storms, highlighting the vulnerability of these valuable habitats.

“For the lower 48 states as a whole, the overall trend in wetlands was a loss of about 62,300 acres between 2004 and 2009. Wetland restoration and creation increased by 17 percent since last reported, but at the same time wetland loss increased by 140 percent, resulting in a net loss. The reasons for this are complex and potentially reflect economic conditions, land use trends, changing wetland regulations and enforcement measures and climatic changes.

”With wetland losses outpacing gains by such a wide margin it is clear that wetland restoration alone cannot safeguard our nation's wetland heritage; we also need to reduce losses by increasing protection of our wetlands.”

To learn more, read the news release or the full report — Status and Trends of Wetlands in the Conterminous United States 2004-2009


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