Wetland restoration is the process of returning a degraded wetland to an approximation of its pre-disturbance condition. The United States lost over half of its wetlands since European colonization in the early 1600s, and Vermont lost as much as 35 percent. Until recently, wetlands were seen as obstacles to development, agriculture, and travel, and were systematically drained and altered. Conversion of wetlands was accepted practice as recently as the 1950s, and was even incentivized by government policies (see the US Fish & Wildlife Service’s Wetlands Status and Trends site for more info). While conservation and protection of wetlands is critical for preventing continued loss of our remaining intact wetlands, wetland restoration is essential for rehabilitating those that have already been degraded or lost. Select from the following links to learn about strategies and opportunities for wetland restoration.

Restoring Vermont's Wetlands

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