Ecological Services
Northeast Region

National Wetlands Inventory News and Highlights


Lake Ontario
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service restored these wetlands by cutting channels in Cattail Marsh at Delaney Bay, which is near where the St. Lawrence River exits Lake Ontario. Credit: USFWS

Much support for northern N.Y. wetland restoration

The International Joint Commission rolled out the Lake Ontario-St. Lawrence River Water Level Regulation Plan to restore wetlands that suffered degradation during 50 years of water level fluctuations. Efforts will benefit a variety of fish and wildlife, as well as boating, hydropower and vacation opportunities.


forested wetland
Ralph Tiner has worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 1977, and he is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Plant, Soil, and Insect Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Credit: USFWS

Wetlands ecologist receives award for significant service

As regional wetlands coordinator, Ralph Tiner has advanced wetland conservation and science not only in the Northeast, but also on a national level. Earlier this year, one of his publications was recognized among the 30 most influential publications in wetland science over the past 30 years. On June 11, Tiner was awarded the Department of Interior Superior Service Award for his contributions in leadership, coordination and expertise to his field and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Wetlands Inventory program.

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ducks flying over wetlands
Wetlands serve as important nesting and migration resting areas for waterfowl. Image from Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, located at the southern end of Assateague Island, Va. Credit: USFWS

Loss of wetlands slows across U.S., marking conservation gains and need for continued investment

America's wetlands declined slightly from 2004 to 2009, according to the Service's National Wetlands Inventory Status and Trends Report. Previous decades reflect a continuous but diminishing decline in wetlands habitat over time. Wetlands serve as storm buffers, absorb pollution that would otherwise find its way into the nation's drinking water, and provide vital habitat for fish, wildlife and plants. In the Northeast, areas of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and upstate New York experienced the highest rate of freshwater wetland loss between 2004 and 2009.

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forested wetland
Credit: USFWS

Maryland landowner creates wildlife haven

The Wells family, whose land lies on the lower Eastern Shore, worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Natural Resources Conservation Service to preserve their 1,700 acres through the Wetlands Reserve Program.

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Landowner partners with USDA and USFWS to protect 1,700 acres in Maryland

The USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service works with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to offer financial and technical assistance to landowners through the Wetland Reserve Program, which helps remove marginal land from production, restore it back to original wetland functions and protect the land from future development.

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Photo of Ralph Tiner
Credit: USFWS

Wetlands inventory coordinator receives Office of Water award

Ralph Tiner has been recognized for his work in the creation of the Federal Wetland Mapping Standard.

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Last updated: May 22, 2013