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Wetland Restoration

An area that was cleared years ago for cropping, restored to its pre-disturbance condition

Practice Code: 657
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Purposes and Benefits

The rehabilitation of a degraded wetland or the re-establishment of a wetland so that soils, hydrology, vegetative community, and habitat are a close approximation of the original natural condition that existed prior to modification to the extent practicable.

  • Restores areas subject to the degradation of hydrology, vegetation, or soils to their pre-disturbed condition
  • Restores feeding, nesting and breeding areas that have been degraded by past activities such as installing drainage systems, ditches and dikes
  • Establishes or restores native hydrophytic vegetation
  • Restores and macrotopography and/or microtopography

Conservation Practice Documents

Web link image: Field Office Technical GuideDocuments associated with this and other conservation practices are available at the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide web site.


Related Conservation Practices

This practice is commonly used in a Conservation Management System with practices such as:

Restoration and Management of Rare or Declining Habitats (643)
Riparian Forest Buffer (391)
Riparian Herbaceous Cover (390)
Shallow Water Development and Management (646)
Structure for Water Control (587)
Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management (644)

Additional Information

Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) - USDA NRCS New York
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) - USDA NRCS

Better Wetlands

NRCS Kansas and NRCS Idaho have teamed up to publish a booklet and accompanying web page named Better Wetlands, a guide to more than a dozen ideas to improve restored wetlands for wildlife and personal enjoyment. Through their generosity, NRCS New York has created it's own web version based on the material found in the original publication.

If you want to learn how you can protect natural resources on your farm or forest land, please contact your local NRCS Service Center.


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