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Wetland Creation

A wetland created on a site, where historically, a wetland did not exist

Practice Code: 658
Reporting Unit: Acre (Ac.)

Wetland creation is the establishment of a wetland on a site where no natural wetland occurred historically.

Purposes and Benefits

To establish wetland hydrology, hydrophytic plant communities, and wildlife habitat functions on soils capable of supporting those functions.

Ground Disturbing Potential of Conservation Practices

This is a potential ground disturbing conservation practice. Any project with ground disturbing or potential ground disturbing practices planned may need to be submitted for review by the State Historic Preservation Officer and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. Please see the Cultural Resources Review Process Flowchart for an outline of this process.

View a list of conservation practices used in New York State, and their ground disturbing potential.   

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:

Access Control (472)
Constructed Wetland (656)
Restoration and Management of Rare or Declining Habitats (643)
Shallow Water Development and Management (646)
Structure for Water Control (587)
Wetland Restoration (657)
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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