A regional strategy for wetlands protection

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Wetlands occupy 35% of the New Jersey Pinelands which is a 445 000ha ecosystem that was named as the first National Reserve in the US in 1978, and as a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1983. Wetland types within the Pinelands vegetation mosaic include cedar, hardwood, and pitch pine lowland swamps and scrub-shrub wetlands. In response to national and state legislation, a regional land use planning and management strategy was adopted for protection of the Pinelands ecosystem while also providing for environmentally compatible development. In this paper we report on the various aspects of the Pinelands Comprehensive Management Plan that contribute to protection of the region's wetlands. Based on these efforts in the Pinelands, a conceptual approach to regional wetland protection is presented. -Authors

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Wetland ecology and management