The month of May is declared as American Wetlands Month; a full month to encourage communities and individuals to become involved in the planning, protection, and restoration of our wetlands.
- What are wetlands?
Wetlands can be briefly summarized as frequently saturated, highly productive, vital ecosystems.
- What are some types of wetlands?
Various forms of wetlands include marshes, estuaries, mudflats, barrier islands, mires, ponds, fends, swamps, deltas, coral reefs, lagoons, shallow seas, bogs, lakes, and floodplains.
- Why are wetlands important?
Not only do wetlands act as a natural buffer for sediment entrapment and clean water, they also decrease storm impact, house an immense variety of species, and contribute a great deal of beneficial natural resources to America’s economy.
Dedicate some time during American Wetlands Month to learn about the advantages of wetlands and ways to protect yours!