Management of Bottomland Hardwood Forests in South Carolina for Wildlife Using Green Tree Reservoirs

Bottomland hardwood forests occupy the floodplains of many large and small rivers of the southeastern United States. These forests are productive systems and contain a variety of wildlife habitats. Many of these areas have been leveed and are flooded to make food, such as acorns and benthic organisms, available to waterfowl. The forested areas within the levees are called greentree reservoirs (GTRs). Flooding normally occurs during the winter dormant season and drainage when foliage begins to develop.

Restoration of Wetlands Under the Wetlands Reserve Program

The Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP) is a national program authorized by the 1990 Farm Bill. WRP is a voluntary opportunity offering landowners a chance to receive payments for restoring and protecting wetlands on their property through the establishment of permanent, or (possibly) thirty-year, conservation easements. This Woodland Owner Note has been revised to help North Carolina landowners understand the provisions of the 1995 Wetlands Reserve Program.

Understanding Wetlands and Endangered Species: Definitions and Relationships

We all know that the whys and hows of wetlands and endangered species protection are among the more controversial and actively debated natural resource issues of our day. Many people, even those who have a great love for wildlife, have been taught that wetlands are “wastelands” which serve no purpose unless they are drained and “put to use.” My purpose here is to explain, in general terms, what wetlands and endangered species are and to discuss the relationships which often exist between the two. This explanation will emphasize the role wetlands play in providing habitat for many plants and animals and the consequences loss of wetland habitat has had on many species.

Wetland Ecology: Value and Conservation

Wetlands are areas where water is the primary factor controlling the environment and the associated plant and animal life. In spite of the efforts of the federal government, individual states, and private organizations such as Ducks Unlimited, wetlands (and consequently waterfowl and other wetland wildlife species) have declined at an alarming rate. A report to Congress estimated that 53 percent or more of the original wetlands in this country have been destroyed in the past 200 years.

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