Ecological Services
Northeast Region
National Wetlands Inventory

Uses of National Wetlands Inventory Data

Data document traditional sources of habitat degradation and destruction, as well as emerging conservation issues related to global climate change and domestic energy development.

NWI data are used to help:

  1. predict the impacts of sea-level rise
  2. plan wetland restoration
  3. plan energy independence (primarily in the West and Alaska)
  4. analyze carbon sequestration in wetlands
  5. characterize landscape-level or watershed-based wetlands and assess functionality
  6. plan and manage National Wildlife Refuges (including targeting areas for acquisition) and other federal lands
  7. plan, model, research and monitor Strategic Habitat Conservation work by the Service
  8. plan recovery for endangered species, fish, migratory birds, marine mammals and other imperiled species, and
  9. manage invasive species.

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Below are examples of uses of NWI data. Click the links to learn more.

Drinking Water Protection

Identification of Priority Wetlands for State Regulation

Aid to Wetland Protection Efforts

Conservation Planning

Refuge Planning and Management

Endangered or Rare Species Habitat Conservation


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Last updated: July 20, 2015