Extension Wildlife & Fisheries Specialists Conferences


Date of this Version

June 1996


Published in W. Daniel Edge, ed. Proceedings of the 8th National Extension Wildlife and Fisheries Specialists Workshop: Educational Challenges for the 21st Century. [1996] Corvallis, Oregon: Oregon State University, 1998.


The United States has lost more than half of the wetlands that existed prior to European settlement. Wetlands continue to be lost at an alarming rate due to human disturbance and natural processes. The loss of our countries' wetlands is costing our society greatly. Wetlands perform many functions that are beneficial, such as water filtration, recharging groundwater, providing natural flood control, and supporting a wide variety of birds, fish, mammals, amphibians, insects, and plants. Numerous commercially important fish also require wetlands to survive. Wetlands also provide many recreational opportunities.