Saving the Wetlands

Saving the Wetlands

With the green movement continues to grow everyday we shouldn’t lose sight of protecting some of our wetlands and not just focus on recycling or buying a hybrid car.  Sometimes there isn’t as much attention given to other options when it comes to conservation but nature is our reason for conservation.  Wetlands are in jeopardy with more than 100,000 acres of wetlands lost to us every year.

Wetland Preservation

Wetlands all over the world have some incredibly diverse ecosystems that are delicately balanced.  There are two criteria for being labelled a wetland, the presence of water and the ability to support a variety of plant and animal life.  Wetlands are commonly bogs, swamps and marshes and they are necessary for a couple of reasons.

  • They regulate the flow of nearby rivers
  • Act as a filter for the water supply
  • Support the spawning grounds for a number of species
  • Provide food for indigenous wildlife

Despite how important they are to use people still continue to remove plants, pollute the area, allow overgrazing by livestock and so much more that ruins the ecosystem here.  Here is how we are destroying our wetlands.

Restoration of the Wetlands

With the green movement growing there are communities and environmental groups that have taken on restoration projects to help preserve the wetlands.  The goal is not just to restore the plant life there but to encourage the animal life to return.  If you want to take on a restoration in your community a visit to a local nursery can help get you started with restoring the plant life.  Here are some of the plants you’re going to need.

  • River oats
  • Broomsedge
  • Dogwood
  • Beggar Tick

This doesn’t have to be a big project like trying to clean up the Everglades in Florida you can start with the swamp in your community.  It won’t require many volunteers.  Take a look at the wetlands and the type of vegetation that grows there.  Learn as much as you can about where the water comes from and if you need to talk to local authorities.  Create a plan for what plants you are going to need and where they should go, it is easier if you create a chart.  You don’t have to weed like you do your backyard garden but keeping a handle on the weeds will help the new plants grow.

Wetlands large and small support all kinds of life, they are important to keeping the planet healthy.  Preservation and restoration of the wetlands needs to be an environmental priority.