Practice Code: 659
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)
Wetland enhancement is the rehabilitation or re-establishment of a degraded wetland, and/or the modification of an existing wetland, which augments specific site conditions for specific species or purposes; possibly at the expense of other functions and other species.
Purposes and Benefits
To provide specific wetland conditions to favor specific wetland functions and targeted species by:
- hydrologic enhancement (depth duration and season of inundation, and/or duration and season of soil saturation)
- vegetative enhancement (including the removal of undesired species, and/or seeding or planting of desired species).
Conservation Practice Documents
Documents 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)
Shallow Water Development and Management (646)
Wetland Creation (658)
Wetland Restoration (657)
Wetland Wildlife Habitat Management (644)
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) - USDA NRCS New York
Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) - USDA NRCS
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 forestland, please contact your local NRCS office.
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