06 Jun '14, 3pm

Feds Complete First National Wetlands Inventory #wetlands

Feds Complete First National Wetlands Inventory #wetlands

Feds Complete First National Wetlands Inventory The “wetlands mapper” is now available for more accurate site assessments that include the size and value of wetland areas. By Candace Pearson Federal researchers hope the new wetland mapping tool will help slow the loss of coastal wetlands. Photo: Ryan Hagerty, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently completed a 35-year effort to map the extent of the nation’s wetlands and make the data available to the public. Researchers created the maps by using high-altitude images to identify the location of wetlands based on vegetation, visible hydrology, and geography. Data is available for the conterminous 48 States, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the major Northern Mariana Islands, and much of Alaska. Information about wetland types, vegetation, regional and temporal condition...

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