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Nation’s wetlands continue to disappear

Greenspace (L.A. Times Blog) – October 7, 2011
Wetlands in the U.S. are still disappearing, although at a slower pace than two decades ago. A national wetlands inventory released this week by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service found that between 2004 and 2009, the lower 48 states lost a net average of 13,800 acres a year. That compared with a slight annual gain in wetlands during the previous six year-period. The lower Mississippi River region and the coastal plains of the Southeast suffered the greatest declines, which the report attributed to development, drainage for the establishment of tree plantations and hurricane damage.

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