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Restored Wetlands Rarely Equal Condition of Original Wetlands

January 24, 2012

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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. Full Story

University of California, Berkeley

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