31 Dec '13, 4pm

Coastal wetland status report shows re-establishment programs are failing to keep pace with losses

The U.S. coastal wetland status report looks dreary, with huge freshwater and saltwater losses, while re-establishment programs fall behind. By Candace Pearson Coastal Wetland Gains and Losses by Region The Great Lakes was the only region studied that experienced a net gain of coastal wetland area between 2004 and 2009. Researchers say there is a desperate need for more re-establishment programs. Within five years, the United States lost more than 360,000 acres of coastal wetlands, according to a federal study, revealing restoration and re-establishment programs are barely making a dent when pitted against land development, sea-level rise, and violent storms. A status report conducted by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found approximately 80,000 acres of freshwater and saltwater wetland...

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