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Restored Wetlands Rarely Equal Condition of Original Wetlands
January 24, 2012
Half of all wetlands in the U.S., Europe and China were destroyed during the 20th century, but a thriving restoration effort aims to recreate marshes and other ecosystems lost. A new University of California, Berkeley, study cautions, however, that restored wetlands do not recover to the condition of a natural, undamaged wetland for hundreds of years, if ever. This calls into question mitigation banks that allow developers to destroy one wetland if they create another.
University of California, Berkeley
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