| Wetland Inventory & Map Project
Wetlands play a critical role in our lives. They sequester carbon, produce oxygen and distill water in controlling pollution. Wetlands are an important habitat and provide a variety of food sources for animals including mammals like people. Have you ever enjoyed cranberries, crab cakes, shrimp, or wild rice? They all come from wetlands. Wetlands add aesthetic value to property. Because they are so attractive to wildlife, wetlands can be outstanding recreation sites for those who enjoy watching or harvesting wildlife. Scientists are showing us that wetlands play a critical role in cleaning, recovering and controlling fresh water. They serve as landmarks and historic reminders.
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Your community has decided to inventory all their wetlands . (Wetland Mapping and Classification of the Kenai Lowland, Alaska) The goal is to create a map and a database with all the information collected for each unique wetland. This information will be used to make decisions regarding development. You will be participating by collecting data. Functions and Values of Wetlands
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