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NRI Wetlands Soils

NRI Wetlands

Wetlands increased by 28,600 acres in the period of time from 1997 to 2007 and occurred across several broad cover types with most falling within the forest category. In 2007 Arkansas had 3,084,000 acres of wetlands with the wetland reserve program (WRP) accounting for 204,304 of the acres. WRP is a voluntary program offering landowners opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. Specifically, the focus is narrowed in Arkansas to restoring bottomland hardwood forest ecosystems and improvement of water quality in the Lower Mississippi River Valley, the Arkansas River Valley and the Red River Valley, through reforestation and hydrology restoration. Arkansas is currently ranked second in the nation in enrolled Wetlands Reserve Program acres. (Figures 17 and 18)

 

 
   
(Figure 17) - Wetlands  
   
(Figure 18) - Wetlands by Broad Cover Type, 2007
Ducks rest on a wetlands area

Last Modified: 08/31/2010