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wetland assessmentThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has measured wetland losses for half a century and subsequently produced periodic Status and Trends studies on the nation's wetlands. These reports are based on a statistical sampling of the National Wetland Inventory (NWI) maps that focus on wetland acreage. In addition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is underway with a national wetlands condition assessment. States and tribes also conduct wetland assessments--and have developed a number of tools for assessment, such as Rapid Assessment Methods (RAM), criteria for determining functions, values, ecosystem services; and ecological integrity assessments, using biological indicators. Local governments and nonprofit organizations may employ similar and other wetland assessment methods specific to their locality.

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1 National Wetland Monitoring & Assessment Work Group Webinars 370
2 New Biological Assessment Program Review Document Available Online 385
3 Minnesota Rapid Assessment Method & Floristic Quality Assessment Project 498
4 Preparing for the Third Decade of the NAWQA Program 569
5 State Wetland Assessments 772
6 National Wetlands Condition Assessment (Video) 930
7 Assessment Resources and Publications 2012
8 Suggested Checklist of Considerations When Developing Wetland Assessment Methods 1511
9 Wetland Assessment: Measuring the Quality of the Nation's Wetlands 1372