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Wetlands Assessments

Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) wetlands assessments quantify the effects of voluntary conservation efforts for wetlands located in agricultural settings at both regional and national scales.

About Wetlands Assessments

Wetlands occur where water covers the soil or is present near the soil surface either seasonally or year-round. They include marshes, swamps, bogs, and fens. Beyond providing wildlife habitat and increasing biodiversity, wetlands serve to remove sediments, nutrients, and other pollutants, contain floodwaters, and store carbon. Through CEAP, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) develops monitoring and modeling processes that improve wetland conservation efforts on private working lands.

CEAP assessments of wetlands across multiple scales inform voluntary conservation actions for a diversity of land managers and partners by improving predictions of responses in wetland functions and ecosystem services. Details on the methods for wetlands assessments are available on the CEAP Frequently Asked Questions page.


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Wetlands Publications

The CEAP Publications page includes a wide range of reports and articles, fact sheets, and webinar recordings detailing wetlands assessments and associated findings at both regional and national scales.


Additional Resources

Joe Prenger

Wetlands Lead, Conservation Effects Assessment Project