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For Love of the Land #16: It’s Not Just a Wetland

Often times wetlands get a bad name and considered to be wasted space or unusable acres. However, this is far from correct! In today's podcast, we are joined by Brian Towe to discuss the role wetlands play in the landscape. In addition, we suggest several ways to properly manage our wetlands. Wetlands are dynamic and support thousands of critters with a home. They are vital to the health of our land and should be respected for that!

Wetlands often are put down for their "fowl" smell. We often forget that they are the filter system that produces quality water resources for our streams and underground aquifers. We have wetlands to thank for slowing down the flow of water and removing the bad containments from continuing downstream. In addition to diverse, well-maintained wetlands, they support a wide variety of vital life forms from microscopic zooplankton to crustaceans, all the way up to various waterfowl species.

To get the most out of wetlands they should be actively managed to control water levels and vegetation responses to support a wide variety of organisms. We call this type of management "moist soil management". With the proper water control structures, you can create, improve, enhance, and construct some incredibly diverse wetland communities.

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