Wetland Habitats of North America: Ecology and Conservation Concerns

Wetland Habitats of North America: Ecology and Conservation Concerns

Wetland Habitats of North America: Ecology and Conservation Concerns

Wetland Habitats of North America: Ecology and Conservation Concerns

Synopsis

Wetlands are prominent landscapes throughout North America. The general characteristics of wetlands are controversial, thus there has not been a systematic assessment of different types of wetlands in different parts of North America, or a compendium of the threats to their conservation. Wetland Habitats of North America adopts a geographic and habitat approach, in which experts familiar with wetlands from across North America provide analyses and syntheses of their particular region of study. Addressing a broad audience of students, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, and policy makers, this book reviews recent, scientifically rigorous literature directly relevant to understanding, managing, protecting, and restoring wetland ecosystems of North America.

Excerpt

Wetlands are a prominent landscape feature throughout the North American continent. While the general characteristics of wetlands are well understood, there has not been a systematic assessment of the scientific literature on the ecology of different wetland habitat types in various parts of North America, or a compendium of the threats to their conservation. We were inspired by the robust and incredibly detailed series “Community Profiles” and “Estuarine Profiles,” published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service primarily in the 1980s, with a few in the early 1990s. There are 56 of these profiles, each of which focuses on a particular wetland type or estuary in a specific part of the USA. We have adopted a similar geographic and habitat approach in this book, in which experts familiar with wetlands from many parts of North America provide analyses of current and classic literature on studies collected in, or directly relevant to, their particular region of study.

In editing this book, we have kept the needs of a fairly broad audience in mind: students, scientists, engineers, environmental managers, policymakers, and the general public. Our goal is to provide reviews of recent, scientifically rigorous literature directly relevant to understanding, managing, protecting, and restoring wetland ecosystems in various regions of North America. This book should be useful as a textbook in graduate and undergraduate courses in ecology and environmental science programs, but also should be a valuable reference for researchers in academic and governmental institutions. We hope it will foster improved understanding of variation in ecological processes and threats to conservation across the regions of North America, and that it will point the way toward future research and collaborations. The habitat approach used here also lends itself to application in managing and restoring different types of wetlands in a wide range of geomorphic and hydrologic settings. The broad geographic coverage and habitat format are also well suited to developing environmental policy relevant to wetland regulation over large areas. And, finally, the text and layout of the chapters, while grounded in rigorous science, are accessible to anyone interested in learning more about the great diversity and variability of the types of wetlands in their own region or in other parts of North America.

We extend our deepest thanks and appreciation to the contributors to this book and to our anonymous reviewers, who volunteered their time, knowledge, and enthusiasm toward the creation of this book, and to our families, who put up with our late nights and celebrated our successes.

Andy Baldwin Darold Batzer

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